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Agnes's Jacket by Gail A. Hornstein
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Aug 21, 09

Read in August, 2009

Hornstein's examination of the "psychiatric survivor" movement is interesting, but reads more as a paean to psychotherapy and other alternative therapies than Kramer's Listening to Prozac was an apologia for Prozac. (Admittedly, it's been a long time since I read Kramer's work, but I remember being distinctly uneasy about Prozac after reading Kramer's work - not a reaction one would expect from Hornstein's description of the work.) Hornstein's analysis of outsider art is more balanced and certainly more interesting - one wishes she had brought some of the same objectivity to her analysis of those who reject traditional, drug-centered psychiatric care, as her arguments - and those of the "survivor" community- are valid and thought-provoking.
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