I love your thought about "The Unnamed" when you asked "why the hell wasn't he in a hospital?". Oh, and what would they treat him for? What hospital would accept any patient without a diagnosis? What therapies would they use on him? What specialty would accept him as a patient? It appears to me that you either didn't read the book or you are fairly dense - it was "unnamed" and that is why Tim spent his days in terror - he simply did not know (nor did anyone) what the problem was. That's the story, Jerome, apparently one you missed totally. And yes, I am related to Ferris, but the question elevates beyond relationships to one of good old rational thinking. Try it next time when you read a book of complexity.