Mad, Bad and Sad A History of Women and the Mind Doctors

ISBN-10: 0393335437

ISBN-13: 9780393335439

Edition: 2009

Authors: Lisa Appignanesi
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Description: “[A work of] wit, wisdom and richness. . . . A grand tour of derangement, from matricide to anorexia.” —John Leonard, Harper’s This fascinating history of mind doctors and their patients probes the ways in which madness, badness, and sadness have been understood over the last two centuries. Lisa Appignanesi charts a story from the days when the mad were considered possessed to our own century when the official psychiatric manual lists some 350 mental disorders. Women play a key role here, both as patients—among them Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Marilyn Monroe—and as therapists. Controversially, Appignanesi argues that women have significantly changed the nature of mind-doctoring, but in the process they have also inadvertently highlighted new patterns of illness.

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Lisa Appignanesi is a novelist, writer and broadcaster. She has written a portrait of Simone de Beauvoir and Cabaret (2004, Yale University Press) and a book on James, Proust and Musil. She is the co-author of Freud's Women with John Forrester (Penguin).

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