By Stephen Seager
Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was once no stranger to locked psych wards whilst he accredited a role at California’s Gorman nation sanatorium, recognized in the neighborhood as “Gomorrah,” yet not anything may have ready him for what he encountered whilst he stepped via its gates, a triple sally port in the back of the twenty-foot partitions crowned with shining coils of razor twine. Gorman kingdom is without doubt one of the nation’s biggest forensic psychological hospitals, devoted to treating the criminally insane. Unit C, the place Seager was once assigned, was once 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 regulate a unstable inhabitants of prison-hardened ex-cons, the place lone therapists lead sharing circles with sociopaths, the place a bootleg underground economic system prospers, and the place sufferers and physicians usually degree their lives in accordance with how briskly they could run. To move in the course of the gates of Gomorrah is to go into a looking-glass international, the place the trimmings of the conventional calendar yr exist—Halloween dances and xmas events (complete with visits from Santa), springtime softball groups and basketball leagues, yet marked with paroxysms of brutality (Santa is going berserk), and peopled via figures from our nightmares.
Behind the Gates of Gomorrah offers an eye-opening glance inside of a facility to which few humans have ever had entry. sincere, rueful, and from time to time 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 task with a perilously steep studying curve.
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