By Stephen Seager
Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was once no stranger to locked psych wards while he authorized a task at California’s Gorman nation clinic, identified in the neighborhood as “Gomorrah,” yet not anything may have ready him for what he encountered while he stepped via its gates, a triple sally port in the back of the twenty-foot partitions crowned with shining coils of razor cord. Gorman kingdom is among the nation’s biggest forensic psychological hospitals, devoted to treating the criminally insane. Unit C, the place Seager was once assigned, used to be reserved for the “bad actors,” the mass murderers, serial killers, and the real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world.
Against a backdrop of surreal beauty—a verdant campus-like surroundings the place peacocks strolled the grounds—is a spot of exceptional violence, a spot the place a small employees of clinicians are anticipated to control a unstable inhabitants of prison-hardened ex-cons, the place lone therapists lead sharing circles with sociopaths, the place a bootleg underground financial system prospers, and the place sufferers and physicians usually degree their lives in response to how briskly they could run. To move during the gates of Gomorrah is to go into a looking-glass global, the place the trimmings of the traditional calendar yr exist—Halloween dances and yuletide events (complete with visits from Santa), springtime softball groups and basketball leagues, yet marked with paroxysms of brutality (Santa is going berserk), and peopled by means of figures from our nightmares.
Behind the Gates of Gomorrah provides an eye-opening glance within a facility to which few humans have ever had entry. sincere, rueful, and every now and then darkly humorous, Seager’s gripping account of his rookie 12 months blends memoir with a story technological know-how, explaining either the aberrant brain and his personal, every now and then incomprehensible, selection to stay in a role with a perilously steep studying curve.
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