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Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan
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Nov 04, 2011

it was amazing

Three women - two who could be called unscrupulous at best, and one troubled and trusting - form the backbone of this extraordinary book. Meticulously researched, Nathan exposes - point by point - the shocking story of Sybil. By shocking, I'm referring to the monumental hoax perpetuated by a monstrous, controlling psychiatrist and an aging writer in search of a best seller and big payday. Using reams of actual case files, letters, notes and interviews curated at John Jay College we can see how the hoax was woven out of lies, suppositions, exaggerations and untold amounts of mind-altering drugs. The Sybil case was actually debunked years ago - as Nathan states, even the famous book now has disclaimers suggesting it's more fiction than fact - but this hard-to-put-down read puts the final nail in the multiple personality/recovered memory coffin. One comes away feeling nothing but sympathy for Shirley/Sybil - under another psychiatrist's care she had every chance to live a fuller, happier, more productive life.
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