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Women and madness

Author: Phyllis Chesler
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed., rev. and updatedView all editions and formats
Feminist icon Chesler's pioneering work--2.5 million copies sold--revised and updated for the first time in 30 years. This definitive book was the first to address critical questions about women and mental health. Combining patient interviews with an analysis of women's roles in history, society, and myth Chesler concludes that there is a terrible double standard when it comes to women's psychology. In this new  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Phyllis Chesler
ISBN: 1403968977 9781403968975
OCLC Number: 61303502
Description: x, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Madness --
Demeter and Clytemnestra, revisited --
1. Why madness? --
Women in asylums : four lives --
Mothers and daughters : a mythological commentary on the lives --
Heroines and madness : Joan of Arc and the Virgin Mary --
2. Asylums --
The mental asylum --
The female social role and psychiatric symptoms : depression, frigidity, and suicide attempts --
Schizophrenia in three studies --
A theoretical proposal --
3. The clinicians --
How many clinicians are there in America? --
Contemporary clinical ideology --
Traditional clinical ideology --
The institutional nature of private therapy --
4. The female career as a psychiatric patient --
The interviews --
Women --
5. Sex between patient and therapist --
6. Psychiatrically institutionalized women --
7. Lesbians --
The interviews --
8. Third World women --
The interviews --
9. Feminists --
The interviews --
10. Female psychology : past, present, and future --
Female psychology in our culture : women alone --
Female psychology in our culture : women in groups --
Amazon societies : visions and possibilities --
The problem of survival : power and violence --
Some psychological prescriptions for the future --
Thirteen questions.
Responsibility: Phyllis Chesler.
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Addressing questions about women and mental health, this book combines interviews with patients. With an analysis of women's roles in history, society and myth, it concludes that there is a double  Read more...


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