A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 - Chapters 36-37 Summary & Analysis

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There were rumors in the MIT mathematics department that Nash's wife was going to commit him. Nash was oblivious to the talk but was involuntarily committed to McLean Hospital for observation. The hospital was affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He was confined in Bowditch Hall, a locked facility for men. The poet Robert Lowell was also a patient there and the two men spent time together.

The hospital received permission for a court to extend Nash's stay for an additional forty days. Nash was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. During his stay, his symptoms disappeared but the doctors thought that he was concealing them to secure his release. He was released fifty days after his commitment. His second son was born during his confinement.

In Chapter Thirty Seven, Alicia and her friend Emma rented a house while Nash was hospitalized. It was a...

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