Invisible Illness
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Invisible Illness

The Country Doctor Who Cured Insanity

John Ferguson lost his own mind before revolutionizing drug therapy in mid-20th century America

Image courtesy of the Traverse Area District Library Local History Collection

“If you’re going to write about my work, you kids’d better know and tell right out what’s been bad about me,” Dr. John (Jack) Ferguson said in the spring of 1956 at the lakeside home of one of Michigan’s most celebrated medical writers, Dr…




We don't talk enough about mental health.

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Kristen M. Hallows

Kristen M. Hallows

Kristen is a librarian-author whose work has appeared in VESSEL, RNOPH and Law Library Journal, among other publications. Visit

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