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The authors of this latest book on "false memory syndrome" have couched their polemic as a battle of mythic proportions-hence the title. A psychologist and a director at the Institute for Psychological Therapies, respectively, Wakefield and Underwager are founders of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. Though their book is well documented and indexed, its attack is so vociferous and unequivocal that their persuasive powers, if not their objectivity, are called into question. What could have been a reasoned analysis is muddled by the authors' tirades against the child protection bureaucracy, "radical feminist rhetoric," and the "attack upon the family as an institution." This book is only recommended for larger academic libraries with comprehensive counseling, social work, or psychology collections. Public libraries seeking a criticism of the "repressed memory" theory should consider Elizabeth Loftus's The Myth of Repressed Memory (LJ 8/94), a far more balanced and readable work.
A. Arro Smith, San Marcos P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Pointing out that they "became actively involved in defending victims of child abuse long before it had become fashionable or lucrative," Wakefield and Underwager thoroughly investigate the practitioners, patients, and literature in this exploding field. Drawing heavily upon the cases of more than 200 retractions of child abuse charges, they show that thousands have been falsely accused. They look closely at the claims that "therapeutic truth" is more important than "research" and put their fingers on the logical and practical errors of such an approach. The theory of repression has no scientific supporting evidence, they contend, and they tell the story of the division in the American Psychological Association over this question, the breakaway of the more scientifically oriented psychologists, and the remaining group's failure to discipline nonscientific practitioners. Although most therapists believe they are doing good, Wakefield and Underwager argue that science and practice show that much of their work is not only harmful but destructive to accuser, accused, and society as a whole. William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.