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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays: Sybil Exposed

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan p. 27

"When she returned to school Connie chose psychiatry as her specialty, and she became fascinated by patients with hysteria: girls and young women who twitched, grimaced, lost their sight, fainted, forgot how to walk, and had pains for no reason that doctors could detect. Connie, too, had suffered from symptoms that her male doctors could neither see nor measure."

Connie, soon to be Dr. Wilbur and treating "Sybil," had suffered from Graves' disease, which at the time doctors thought was a result of "extreme dependence on the mother" and fear of "assuming the maternal role." Of course they also thought diabetes was due to poor mothering. It's really hard at times in this book not to think these doctors were idiots, or only one step removed from believing in humors. Thank goodness we've come a long way in the last eighty years.

1 comment:

Melissa Owens said...

Interesting teaser... not sure that one would be up my alley! Here's my TT post!