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Out of Mind, Out of Sight
Cover Designer: Susan Rosser
Comments about cover design
It took me about a year to come up with the name for this book. It needed to be simple, yet distinct. In the shower one morning, the name came to me–a play on the words “out of sight, out of mind.” Since this was a book about Florida’s first mental institution–the Florida Asylum for the Indigent Insane (later to be renamed the Florida State Hospital)–it was in a very remote part of Florida away from the general population, and the legislature mostly forgot about those in the facility, I just transposed the words and it was perfect. The picture comes from the early treatment of mental illness when twirling devices were used in order to create “harmony” in the person’s mind and body.