In 1973 Professor D.L. Rosenhan published his classic paper ‘On Being Sane in Insane Places' (Rosenhan, 1973). In this study eight ‘normal’ researchers presented themselves on 12 separate occasions to a range of psychiatric hospitals in the USA. These ‘pseudopatients' complained of one symptom only, that of hearing a voice saying ‘empty’, ‘hollow’ and ‘thud’. No other psychiatric symptoms were described; the pseudopatients gave their own ‘normal’ personal histories and after admission to hospital the researchers ceased simulating any symptoms and apart from taking notes on their experiences acted normally.
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