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The three Christs of Ypsilanti : a psychological study

Author: Milton Rokeach
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1964.
Series: Borzoi book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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In 1959, at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, the social psychologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics: Clyde Benson, an elderly farmer and alcoholic; Joseph Cassel, a failed writer who was institutionalized after increasingly violent behavior toward his family; and Leon Gabor, a college dropout and veteran of World War II. The men had one thing in common: each believed himself to be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rokeach, Milton.
Three Christs of Ypsilanti.
New York, Knopf, 1964
(OCoLC)647117304
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Milton Rokeach
OCLC Number: 171349
Notes: UNC Charlotte Libraries notes:
[1st ed.].
#171349xLM0983u
Description: xii, 336 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Borzoi book.
Responsibility: by Milton Rokeach.
Local System Bib Number:
.b14985135

Abstract:

In 1959, at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, the social psychologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics: Clyde Benson, an elderly farmer and alcoholic; Joseph Cassel, a failed writer who was institutionalized after increasingly violent behavior toward his family; and Leon Gabor, a college dropout and veteran of World War II. The men had one thing in common: each believed himself to be Jesus Christ. Their extraordinary meeting and the two years they spent in one another’s company serves as the basis for an investigation into the nature of human identity, belief, and delusion that is poignant, amusing, and at times disturbing. Rokeach draws us into the lives of three troubled and profoundly different men who find themselves “confronted with the ultimate contradiction conceivable for human beings: more than one person claiming the same identity.” From Amazon description.
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