What Price a Smile?

Buck was an 18 year old schizoid boy, a patient at the Moreno Sanitarium. In those days in the USA mentally ill people without financial means were sent to very large state mental hospitals. After five years of hospitalisation in one such institution, Buck had been sent to us by his middle-aged mother. He was her only child, born in her forties. She was now frail with a heart condition. Her husband, Buck’s father, had recently died and had left her a small insurance legacy. Instead of ensuring her own future, she chose to invest it in her son.

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