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Discuss the meaning of the word "topography" as it is used in the titles for chapters 1 (Toward a Topography of the Parallel Universe), 10 (Elementary Topography), and 29 (Topography of the Future). Does the meaning of the word change as the memoir progresses?

After reading the memoir, do you conclude that the author's commitment was warranted? Why or why not? Do you think that prevailing psychiatric standards of today would render a different diagnosis?

Do you think that the author's commitment was beneficial for her mental health? Are there other patients who apparently benefited more from their commitment? Are there other patients who apparently benefited less from their commitment?

Lisa and Lisa Cody were both diagnosed as sociopaths, but Lisa maintains that her mental illness was much more serious than Lisa Cody's mental illness. Do you think that any two patients with the same diagnosis are equivalently...

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