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Mad, bad and sad : a history of women and the mind doctors from 1800 to the present / Lisa Appignanesi.

  • Appignanesi, Lisa.
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"Mad, bad and sad. From the depression suffered by Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath to the mental anguish and addictions of iconic beauties Zelda Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. From Theroigne de Mericourt, the Fury of the Gironde, who descended from the bloody triumphs of the French Revolution to untameable insanity in La Salpetriere asylum, to Mary Lamb, sister of Charles, who in the throes of a nervous breakdown turned on her mother with a kitchen knife. From Freud and Jung and the radical breakthroughs of psychoanalysis to Lacan's construction of a modern movement and the new women-centered therapies. This is the story of how we have understood extreme states of mind for the last two hundred years and how we conceive of them today, when more and more of our inner life and emotions have become a matter for medics and therapists."--Jacket.


London : Virago, ©2009.

Physical description

540 pages ; 24 cm



Originally published: Sad, mad, and bad : women and the mind-doctors from 1800. Canada, 2007.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 512-520) and index.


  • English

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  • 1844082334
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