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Twenty-five years ago, treatment of multiple personalities was rare. Today, however, hundreds of people receive treatment for dissociative disorders. Hacking uses the MPD epidemic and its links with child abuse to scrutinize today's moral and political climate, especially our power struggles about memory and our efforts to cope with psychological injury.
"In this brilliant and provocative new book, Ian Hacking fixes his searching gaze on the hot topic of multiple personality. The results are remarkable.... In Hacking's hands, multiple personality emerges as a paradigmatic case study illuminating basic questions about truth, memory, fact and fiction, about knowledge, science, and identity.... [This book] treats these impossibly difficult problems of knowability in the human sciences with grace and wisdom."--Ellen Herman, Contemporary Psychology
"The details of Hacking's discussion are enthralling and illuminating. He manages to avoid altogether the sensationalism usually associated with treatments of multiple personality, providing an informative history and raising deep and important philosophical issues."--Marya Schechtman, Mind