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NYT: Famed Psychiatric Clinic Abandons Prairie Home


In its best years, it was a pearl on the prairie, a place where bold ideas sprouted like cornstalks under the Midwestern sun, a name that meant the best that American psychiatry had to offer.

Troubled souls traveled long distances to find treatment and refuge beneath the pine trees on its grounds. Generations of healers trained in its classrooms. At 10 minutes to 4 each day — a time dictated by the 50-minute psychoanalytic hour — the staff gathered for tea and cookies in the clinic building, chatting with visitors like Margaret Mead, Aldous Huxley and Helen Keller, drawn by its intellectual aura.

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