Gorman wrote Every Other Bed "for the express purpose of bringing to the American people the facts about the parlous state
of psychiatric research and training in a country fat with prosperity, two-toned automobiles, and refrigerators which open
from either side." Though some progress had been made in reforming the treatment of the mentally ill, Gorman said, a thorough
overhaul of the entire national system was called for; as of 1955, half of all hospital beds in the U.S. were occupied by
psychiatric patients (hence the book title). Gorman condensed six of the book chapters for a six-part series published by
the Philadelphia Inquirer in June 1956.
This book was later published by World Publishing Company.
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A Full-time Activist: The National Committee Against Mental Illness, 1953-1963