Stanley McCormick lived a charmed life as a member of a prominent Chicago family until his early thirties. After years of showing signs of mental illness, he was diagnosed with dementia praecox at the age of 32. His wife Katharine, the first woman in America to earn a biology degree, tried to convince his doctors to test him for hormonal imbalances that could be causing his issues. In response, she was barred from being in the same room as Stanley for twenty years as she fought to become his sole guardian in what the papers called “The Freudian Equivalent of the Scopes Trial.”

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