As fascinating as the story of “Sybil”—a young woman named Shirley Mason who put multiple personality disorder on the map almost 40 years ago—is the shocking evidence that her accounts of dissociation and unspeakable abuse were a carefully crafted fabrication. In this dazzling exposé of a manipulative psychiatrist, an author who’d do anything for fame and a vulnerable girl caught in the middle, journalist Nathan reveals how these three women changed the psychiatric landscape by raising questions of identity that resonated with a generation. The result is a cautionary tale about the ways in which science, in the wrong hands, can capitalize on our collective fears. (amazon.com)
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