Beyond the BookDid you know?
- The events in The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox are based on a
real British policy which deinstitutionalized thousands of psychiatric
patients beginning in 1990. Margaret Thatcher's Care in the Community
program sought to end outmoded, Victorian-era mental institutions by
releasing such patients back into their homes, their illnesses controlled by
medication and individualized treatment rather than confinement. The program
ended in 1998 after a series of highly-publicized crimes by former inmates.
The British health secretary recalled many patients who were living without
supervision and placed them back into residential treatment centers.
- Mental institutions were a humane advance in the...