'In 1884, the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life. In his madness, the world was revealed to him as an enormous architecture of nerves, dominated by a predatory God.'

'Daniel Paul Schreber began Memoirs of my Nervous Illness in February 1900 while confined in an asylum, as part of an appeal for release. From the start, Schreber struggled to make sense of what he was seeing and hearing. The book was influential in psychology. Sigmund Freud published his own interpretation of Schreber's case.'