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Mad, Bad, and Sad by Lisa Appignanesi
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Nov 26, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: living, bookgroup, non-fiction
Recommended to Sam by: women's bookgroup
Read in November, 2008

A fascinating history of both womens'role and how women have been treated by the psychiatric and psychoanalytical professions as they have evolved. While the author claims not to disparage modern medicine its a bit disingenuous. My only disappointment is that while her criticisms are thought provoking and valid she doesn't have any real conclusion to the work. In some ways she very nearly suggests that its the existence of the psychoanalytical professions that cause the problem in the first place.

Despite that its an excellent book that really draws out the evolution of psychoanalysis and its modern day implications.
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