The theme of altamirage – luck that arises from personal traits and obsessions – underpins this curious medical memoir. Herbert Penton reviews Mentored by a Madman: the William Burroughs Experiment by A J Lees

"This is not just a wonderfully left-field addition to the Burroughs literature, but an important polemic for more humane and imaginative medical research. I was sorry to reach the end." – Herbert Penton