Why do clinical anecdotes and narratives always seem to find enough interested readers to warrant their frequent publication? Autobiographical case histories may hold a similar interest. People must be curious about matters that are usually most private, particularly psychiatric case histories, which give readers a glimpse at what those most secretive doctors, psychiatrists, actually do and say. Readers can also compare their worries, pains, symptoms, and treatments with those of others. Physicians are fascinated by case histories, too, trained as they were by case study, clinical presentations, and clinical pathological conferences. Like moths to a light, they are drawn to the challenge of thinking about how they would have diagnosed and treated the patients described.