Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Shocking Case of Malpractice

Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality CaseSybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This really is an extraordinary story, as the title says.  I have never read the book, "Sybil," nor seen the movie, but I was vaguely aware of it and its subject matter.  The author writes very well and has done an exceptional job of digging up and presenting the actual facts of the matter.  The only reason I cannot give it five stars is the author uses too much "must have thought," "would have" acted in a certain manner and other speculative devices.  Also, she tends to hype her story a little more than she would need to.  Just the facts, ma'am, let the facts speak for themselves.  The facts alone present a startling indictment of certain members of the psychiatric establishment, and unnecessary editorializing distracts from the story.


forsythia said...

From a review in the Jan13 Washington Post: " ...( the Quartet No. 2 by Gyorgi Ligeti is) not an easy work. But the Jack (String Quartet) players brought it off with compelling naturalness, as if it were crystallizing out of thin air. It was a subtle performance with a strange and almost otherworldly lyricism."

Crockhead said...

Thanks, Forsythia. I was aware of the review. I guess I should get back to bragging a little more on my blog, although my son doesn't want me to.