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Heart's Work: Civil War Heroine and Champion of the Mentally Ill, Dorothea Lynde Dix Hardcover – November, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-1557784193 ISBN-10: 1557784191 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House; 1st edition (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557784191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557784193
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,811,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In an era when woman's work centered primarily on hearth and home. Dorothea Lynde Dix won the respect of men and women alike through her quiet determination and selfless dedication to help those imprisoned in troubled minds. Freud was just a boy during the years Dix traveled across the United States, later to Europe and Japan, to found scores of hospitals for the indigent insane. Weakened by chronic tuberculosis, Dix doggedly pursued her cause. During the Civil War, she put her work for the mentally ill on hold to supervise nurses who treated wounded soldiers. Despite her ill health, Dix lived to be 85, dying in 1887 in the first hospital she had founded, in Trenton, N.J. Schlaifer (coauthor of Action for Mental Health ) and Freeman ( Fight Against Fears ) tell Dix's story in a matter-of-fact, somewhat plodding manner, using letters to illustrate the profound effect she had on her friends and fellow citizens. The last chapter attempts to analyze the psychodynamic forces impelling Dix to forgo marriage and motherhood and help outcasts. Although interesting, it seems like an afterthought.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Dix, the internationally known crusader acclaimed for her efforts to reform care of the mentally ill, deserves far better treatment than that accorded in this simplistic and one-dimensional account. Although Schlaifer and Freeman (coauthor of Our Wish to Kill , LJ 3/15/91) are well known popular writers actively interested in mental health, they are unable to place Dix within the activist and feminist context of her time. Lacking notes or bibliography, their book is uninformed by any of the latest techniques of women's history or biography and seems to be drawn from highly dated materials. Although their admiration for Dix is apparent, little is learned of her as a person, and the attempt to attribute her campaigns to an unhappy childhood are unconvincing. Not recommended.
- Marie Marmo Mul laney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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