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Publisher's Summary

Despite access to the greatest healthcare in the world, US citizens are not immune to medical horror stories. Such was the experience of Ken Dickson, a beloved husband and father and respected engineer with no history of mental illness. What should have been an ordinary surgical procedure changed that, propelling him into a high security psychiatric ward where psychiatrists branded him a danger to himself and others.

This gut-wrenching story is leaving readers shocked at the author's treatment, and appalled by how quickly a medical situation fell through the cracks, sending the patient spiraling uncontrollably into medically-induced madness.

This book is not, however, only about Ken. It is the story of two people deeply in love but torn apart by fate, an eye-opening introduction to the stigma of mental illness, and a personal run-in with the poor broken souls trapped in psychiatric care. It is a rich and varied exploration of our humanity written from the unique perspective of someone suffering from mental illness. Detour from Normal is a book that you cannot afford to ignore, with a message that you will not want to dismiss: tomorrow, next year, or five years from now, this could happen to you.

©2013 Ken Dickson (P)2017 Ken Dickson

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