Book: Notes in A Mirror by Helen Macie Ostermancategories: Book, Ghosts, Wintertime, Electro-Convulsive Therapy, Insulin Coma therapy, Prefrontal Lobotomy, Mirror Image Writing, Student Nurses, Mental Hospital
Helen Macie Ostermanabout this book: Notes in a Mirror is about two student nurses doing their psychiatric rotation at a mental hospital in Chicago. The time is the winter of 1950. There were no tranquilizers in 1950. The treatments were archaic but, state of the art then.
One of the students, Mary Lou, begins receiving mirror image notes from a woman who supposedly died in the institution 100 years earlier.
Mary Lou becomes obsessed with finding this woman's grave. She puts herself in danger in a raging snowstorm to accomplish her goal.
I wrote this book because I was a student nurse at Chicago State Mental Hospital in the early 1950s. Some of the characters in the book were real people that I remember. There was a cemetery on the property, but the ghost is fictional. I did an indepth search of the details of the hospital and its history. This took me about a year.
I find that people of all ages enjoy this book: mature folks because of the historical perspective, young folks because of the ghost story and mirror image writing.
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