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

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

by Masson

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``The need to control and devalue women, and the denial of the reality of child sexual abuse are endemic flaws of male-dominated modern psychiatry, convincingly argues Masson,'' reported PW , calling this collection of articles, translated from 19th century European medical journals, ``a powerful indictment.'' (September)
Library Journal - Library Journal
In this shocking yet readable expose of 19th-century medical atrocities inflicted on women and children by male doctors, psychoanalyst Masson gathers nine articles from French and German medical journals. 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. A caustic preface by feminist Mackinnon and Masson's reflections on pornography, ECT, and lobotomy thoroughly indict past and present perversions of male power. Masson's radical critique goes beyond his controversial Assault on Truth ( LJ 2/15/84). For larger psychiatric, women's, and child psychology collections.Janice Arenofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix

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