Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

by James Gilligan


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Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic by James Gilligan

Drawing on firsthand experience as a prison psychiatrist, his own family history, and literature, Gilligan unveils the motives of men who commit horrifying crimes, men who will not only kill others but destroy themselves rather than suffer a loss of self-respect. With devastating clarity, Gilligan traces the role that shame plays in the etiology of murder and explains why our present penal system only exacerbates it. Brilliantly argued, harrowing in its portraits of the walking dead, Violence should be read by anyone concerned with this national epidemic and its widespread consequences.

"Extraordinary. Gilligan's recommendations concerning what does work to prevent violence...are extremely convincing...A wise and careful, enormously instructive book."—Owen Renik, M.D., editor, Psychoanalytic Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679779124
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 376,028
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

James Gilligan, M.D., directed the Center for the Study of Violence at Harvard Medical School. He is the former medical director of the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Massachusetts prison system.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a book that arouses one's senses to seek out a thrill such as this. A book that opens your eyes to the vast valleys of the criminal minds. Gives you the experience of a lifetime, yet a bit anestetic feeling and mild drwosiness. ....ALL IN ALL..... GREAT BOok
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