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"About the Book This brave and brilliantly researched intellectual history chronicles the relationship between women and mental illness since 1800, taking readers on a fascinating journey through the fragile, extraordinary human mind. 5 illustrations. Book Synopsis 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."" Review Quotes Ambitious . . . brilliant . . . a powerhouse of a book.--Daphne Merkin ""New York Sun"" Fascinating. . . . A meticulous and exhaustive account.--Kathryn Harrison ""New York Times Book Review"" Sophisticated, vigorously written, full of striking subtexts . . .an entertaining and well-researched book that avoids easy answers.--Andrew Scull ""Times Literary Supplement"""
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