Jay Neugeboren ultimately blames his mother and the psychiatrists for his brother’s illness. His mother had apparently favored Robert in childhood and, according to Jay, denigrated himself. He says, "Although it would be hard, scientifically, to prove that any human being literally drives any other human being mad, common sense indicates that if you keep hitting a child in the same sensitive place, over and over again—consistently or inconsistently—your blows will have effect." But wait a minute: by this theory, shouldn’t it have been Jay who developed schizophrenia rather than Robert? And Neugeboren ignores the fact that there is not a scintilla of evidence that the quality of mothering differs in individuals who later develop schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or none of the above.