#2001 In Person Book Discussion: Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

05/14/2021 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MT


  • $30.00




#2001 In Person Book Discussion:  Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker.

About a local Colorado Springs family.

Moderator: Susan Avila

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.   What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.


2020 publication; 377 pages

PPLD currently 36 books & electronic formats

Location: PILLAR classroom

Current COVID guidelines apply (masks, social distancing, COVID waiver, and limited registration).  COVID waiver (bring to class)

Friday, May 14, 10:30am

$30 Non-PILLAR Member/$15 PILLAR Member