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A Dark Science: Women, Sexuality and Psychiatry in the Nineteenth Century
     

A Dark Science: Women, Sexuality and Psychiatry in the Nineteenth Century

by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
 

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Here translated for the first time are a series of shocking texts from the 19th century German psychiatric literature, which, while almost completely unknown to modern readers, have had a devastating influence on attitudes toward women and children in the 20th century. The articles on the sexual "lies" and sexual "fantasies" of children were seminal, brutal, and still

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Here translated for the first time are a series of shocking texts from the 19th century German psychiatric literature, which, while almost completely unknown to modern readers, have had a devastating influence on attitudes toward women and children in the 20th century. The articles on the sexual "lies" and sexual "fantasies" of children were seminal, brutal, and still resonate in today's literature, having taken a terrible toll on the intellectual ideas of modern psychiatry.

The articles document brutal treatment for masturbation, hysteria, and vaginismus, as well as incidences of the so-called fabricated sexual abuse of "prematurely perverted" children. Though by no means an "easy read," Masson's collection of these nine articles exposes a point in the history of the practice of psychology that proves ignorance and negative attitudes towards women created a dark science that modern psychiatrists struggle to overcome.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016481111
Publisher:
Untreed Reads
Publication date:
06/26/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
134
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love. Raised to be a spiritual leader his search for life's truths has seen him teach Sanskrit at the University of Toronto and a Freudian analyst. His denouncement of Freud, The Assault on Truth, remains controversial to this day.

After leaving academia Masson moved to New Zealand where he lives with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Birth:
March 28, 1941
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Education:
B.A., Harvard, 1964; Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1978, Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard, 1970

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