The authors attempt to root the recovery movement in the work of such individuals as Philippe Pinel, Jean-Baptiste Pussin, Dorothea Dix, Jane Addams, Erving Goffman, Franco Basaglia, Lev Vygotsky, and others. The authors take the reader from the early 18th century to the present, but when authors base their argument in historical precedents, they must do their homework about that history. Unfortunately, these authors, perhaps relying too heavily on secondary sources, provide misinformation about the history of psychiatry. For example, they state that Massachusetts funded and built Worcester State Hospital after Dorothea Dix's investigation and report to the legislature on conditions of the insane in Massachusetts. The first Worcester State Hospital, however, was funded and built in 1833, before Dix's first excursion in 1841 into the East Cambridge jail to see the plight of the insane therein.