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Medical advances helped people live longer and with fewer debilitating diseases. One new medical advance was the development of the field of psychoanalysis, which became a tool to help people with emotional problems. In 1948 Huxley and Maria both tried using psychoanalysis under the guidance of Laura Archera, who would become Huxley’s second wife. Although the process did not work for them, many people, particularly those with mental illnesses, were helped by this technique. Huxley became an expert in this field, lecturing on psychology for the Menninger Foundation, a primary center of psychiatric training, in 1960.
A year after Huxley’s death, the Civil Rights Act was passed. This act legally eliminated discrimination in employment, voter registration, and public housing. Besides African Americans, other disenfranchised people, such as American Indians and Mexican Americans, also began to advocate for more rights. Like the hippies, many literary artists were disillusioned with life and rebelled against established society, writing about lonely, disillusioned people who suffered because of corrupt societies.
Although he enjoyed traveling around the country lecturing on college campuses on topics such as The Human Situation (which was published posthumously in 1977) and What a Piece of Work Is Man, the early 1960s were hard years for Huxley. In 1960 he was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue. The doctors recommended surgery, but he and Laura chose to have him treated with radium, and his tongue healed. Another calamity occurred in May 1961 when the Huxleys’ house was destroyed by fire. All of Huxley’s and Maria’s letters, Maria’s diaries, Huxley’s manuscripts, library, and notes burned up.