Hidden Valley Road is about Robert Kolker discovering a family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love and hope.
The touching story of a 19th century American family with 12 children, 6 of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia. They become the great hope of science in the journey to understand this disease.
Don and Mimi Galvin seem to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their 12 children experienced the baby boom perfectly: the oldest was born in 1945, the youngest was born in 1945. was born in 1965. The Galvins family – aspiration, hard work, advancement, family harmony – and they worked hard to fulfill their roles. In the mid-1970s, six out of 10 Galvin boys were diagnosed with schizophrenia. How can all this happen to a family?
Hidden Valley is so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story provides a dark history of the science of schizophrenia, from the age of institutionalization, brain surgery, and the schizophrenic mother to the search for the signs. genetics of this disease.
And unbeknown to the Galvins, their DNA samples have informed decades of genetic research that continues to this day, offering avenues for treating, predicting, and even eliminating the disease. this for future generations.
Hidden Valley Road
- Inside the Mind of an American Family
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