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Theater of Disorder: Patients, Doctors, and the Construction of Illness Hardcover – October 4, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0195140873 ISBN-10: 0195140877 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195140877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195140873
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,642,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wenegrat (psychiatry and behavioral science, Stanford U.) puts into historical context what he sees as the temporary insanity that infected the psychiatric profession in the forms of recovered memory, satanic abuse, and even extraterrestrial abduction during the last decades of the 20th century. He uses the framework of invented illness to look at outbreaks of possession, medieval lovesickness, early modern and modern European tarantism, hysteria in Europe of the 18th and 19th centuries, and other disorders."--SciTech Book News

About the Author

Bruce Wenegrat is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and Assistant Chief of Psychiatric Consultation Services at Veterans' Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.

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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Justin Reilly, esq. on June 19, 2010
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This book is an anti-science rant. For example, it claims that ME/CFIDS a devastating neuro immune disease strongly associated with vanishingly rare lymphomas and two retroviruses is an 'invented illness.'
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