?Christopher Lane set out a few years ago to write a book about people who hate people. Lane, a Victorian literature scholar and professor at Northwestern, had already published a book on misanthropes in the Victorian era, which he says ?had a relatively high tolerance for eccentrics, reclusives, hermits, and scolds?. He wanted to carry his study into the 21st century. But when he began asking psychiatrists about the fate of contemporary misanthropes, the response he got was that they?d likely be medicated. Behavior considered part of the normal spectrum in the 19th century, Lane says, had in our time become a mental disorder requiring treatment with prescription drugs.?