Susanne The author(s) of this book were academic psychiatrists from the University of Georgia who were fascinated with this patient. Many people mistake the diagnosis of "schizophrenia" with a "Jeckyl Hyde" or two-faced type personality. That is not the technical meaning of the diagnosis, "schizophrenia" implies a serious form of dementia in which the patient suffers hallucinations, mood and thought disorders. It's very debilitating, and many who suffer from it are unable to work or function well in society, Eve, until she suffered the breakdown that put her in hospital, had a very lively lifestyle. She had many interests and adventures; it seemed the "different parts" of her, could not always come to agreement. In a way, it made sense that all this activity and exploration could have been due to Eve having 3 different personalities. This book was written back in 1940's, I believe. Joann Woodward won the academy award for her performance in the movie of book, (well deserved). Movie was produced in mid-1950s. The book has since been heavily critiqued with many contemporary psychiatrists disowning the reality of the book as well as Eve's diagnosis.