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Mad, Bad And Sad
Lisa Appignanesi

Classification : Psychology
Pub Date : Jan 15, 2009
Imprint : Virago
Page Extent : 608
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9781844082346
Price : 999

About the book
Mad, bad and sad. From the depression suffered by Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath to the mental anguish and addictions of iconic beauties Zelda Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. From Freud and Jung and the radical breakthroughs of psychoanalysis to Lacan's construction of a modern movement and the new women-centred therapies. This is the story of how we have understood mental disorders and extreme states of mind in women over the last two hundred years and how we conceive of them today, when more and more of our inner life and emotions have become a matter for medics and therapists.

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** 'Subtle, textured and enthralling . . . One of the great strengths of this book is the way in which it charts the uncanny relationship between fashions in psychiatric theory and sufferer s' symptoms>
** 'Endlessly fascinating>
** 'A tantalising mix of polemic and history, of ideology and fact . . . A gripping read . . . In a league far above any other book of its kind on this topic>
** 'Informative in startling ways, and never dull in the academic way, Appignanesi's genuinely new History of the Mind Doctors is a subtle and accessible account of that perhaps most daunting of modern relationships, the one between the Mind Doctor and his female patient. Because Appignanesi has a complex story to tell there is no blaming at work in this wonderful book, but a shrewd and sympathetic apprehension of what is at stake in the difficult histories of both the Mind Doctors and those they seek to help. It is a remarkable achievement>
The triumph of MAD, BAD AND SAD is to mix evocative case studies with potted histories of the great and good of psychology and psychiatry . . . intelligent and academically rigorous>
Marvellous. At last! A serious, well-researched book on this important subject>
Subtle, textured and enthralling . . . One of the great strengths of this book is the way in which it charts the uncanny relationship between fashions in psychiatric theory and sufferers' symptoms>
A tantalising mix of polemic and history, of ideology and fact . . . A gripping read . . . In a league far above any other book of its kind on this topic>
     
Lisa Appignanesi
Lisa Appignanesi was born in Poland and grew up in France and Canada. A novelist and writer she is visiting professor of Literature and the Medical Humanities at King's College London. She was chair o...(+)
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All About Love (PB)
All About Love (HB)
All About Love (TPB)
Fifty Shades of Feminism (HB)
Fifty Shades of Feminism (PB)
Freud's Women (PB)
Losing the Dead (PB)
MAD,BAD AND SAD: A HISTORY OF WOMEN AND THE MIND DOCTORS FROM 1800 (HB)
Trials of Passion (TPB)
Trials of Passion (PB)