Irving Shulman (author of The Amboy Dukes, The Velvet Knife, etc.) has dramatized the case history of ""Peggy Bristol"", described as a ""psychopathic personality without a definite psychosis"". Partly through the device of the young girl's personal account of her life (supposedly a therapeutic measure adopted during her analysis), her record as a behavior problem, thief, vagrant, B-girl, prostitute, near-murderess, is revealed in all its sordid detail and degradation. Eventually, after repeated confinements (she escaped from ""Whitman City"" hospital at one time) and a desperate suicide attempt during the course of her analysis, ""Peggy Bristol"" is given electrical shock treatments in connection with sodium pentathol and is brought to the threshold of recovery. At 21 she had lived through a lifetime of horrors. This is a popularized, and sensational, version of an actual case.