9. Medicines for the Mind: The Discovery of Drugs for Madness, Sadness, and Fear


One cold evening in February, 2008, a 39-year-old man dressed in a dark hat, trench coat, and sneakers ducked out of the freezing rain and into a suite of mental health offices several blocks east of Central Park in New York City. Toting two black suitcases, he climbed a short flight of steps, entered a waiting room, and—directed by the voice of God—prepared to rob psychiatrist Dr. Kent Shinbach. But the man was apparently in no hurry; told that Dr. Shinbach was busy, he put his luggage aside, sat down, and for the next 30 minutes made small talk with another patient. ...

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