by Alex Majoli
Publisher's Description
Thirty years ago, in the balmy Aegean blue, the island of Leros was commandeered for a social experiment that was to become a secret so terrible as to rival that of the Nazi death camps or the Stalinist gulags. When the Greek psychiatric medical establishment reached the end of their perfunctorily useful treatment of their patients they sent them to Leros, and the asylum set up in the former political prison there. The staff were not doctors or nurses and had no medical training, other than herding goats. They were local islanders, and were used as guards, or filakes. The guards quickly degenerated into thugs, who sought to control the madmen with the only methods available to them-brute force and terror. The inmates were systematically beaten, even tortured, and crushed of whatever sensibilities they once had. In 1990 a team of Italian psychiatrists from Trieste, aided by volunteer care workers, managed to break down the walls of this madhouse. What they found shocked even them, as did the blank indifference of the guards- how else should they behave in a world deprived of reason?
ISBN: 0954207920
Publisher: Trolley Books
Hardcover : 112 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
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