Keith Ablow, MD


9858 Glades Rd.


Boca Raton



Telling the Truth in Fiction

June 01, 2005

An author discusses the similarities he has found between creating believable characters and stories and his work as a psychiatrist.

Commentary: Ablow Shrugged

November 01, 1997

It was a bad combination, I'll allow that. The call from the emergency room reached me the Saturday morning after I had finished reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. I hadn't gotten a lot of sleep, partly because I finally reached page 1,168 around midnight, partly because I couldn't get my mind off John Galt, Hank Rearden, Francisco d'Anconia, Dagny Taggart and the rest of Rand's characters. Before I drifted off, I was already drawing parallels between the current state of psychiatry and Rand's fictional world in which the mind is denigrated, and autonomy and free will nearly stamped out.