These are the personal notations, and occasional letters, of a German psychiatrist Robert Vossmenge who was courtmartialed...

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THE SANITY INSPECTORS

These are the personal notations, and occasional letters, of a German psychiatrist Robert Vossmenge who was courtmartialed during World War II, and while they can never be said to form a novel, they do provide a discussion piece of faith and belief. In a frequent interchange with a pastor Degenbruck (the ""Orange Pastor""), the ""Wind Doctor"" tilts with the contradiction between scientific authority and religious zeal. Throughout his tutelage as a student, then in a clinic, then at police headquarters, cases involving the more violent variations of human conduct come within his jurisdiction. The war takes Vossmenge into active service- and it is then-after he manages the escape of the ""mad pastor"" who has defied Hitler as the anti-Christ, that Vossmenge places a higher value on what the man of God represents and is ready to exchange his own life for Degenbruck's.... A quizzical, sometimes ironic inquiry which is translated from the German, for a minimal market at best.

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 1957

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Rinehart

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1957