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The dementia problem that won't go away

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In Ken Kesey’s 1959 novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the authorities in the mental institution exert ruthless control over every aspect of the inmates’ behaviour as a way of maintaining order and dealing with ‘difficult’ patients. In the case of the novel’s central character, Randle P McMurphy (who actually faked mental illness to avoid a prison sentence), the measures used include electroconvulsive therapy and frontal lobotomy.

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