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Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness | [Gail A. Hornstein]

Agnes's Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness

In a Victorian-era German asylum, seamstress Agnes Richter painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the jacket she created from her institutional uniform. Despite every attempt to silence them, hundreds of other patients have managed to get their stories out, at least in disguised form.
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In a Victorian-era German asylum, seamstress Agnes Richter painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the jacket she created from her institutional uniform. Despite every attempt to silence them, hundreds of other patients have managed to get their stories out, at least in disguised form. Today, in a vibrant underground net-work of "psychiatric survivor groups" all over the world, patients work together to unravel the mysteries of madness and help one another re-cover.

Optimistic, courageous, and surprising, Agnes's Jacket takes us from a code-cracking bunker during World War II to the church basements and treatment centers where a whole new way of understanding the mind has begun to take form. A vast gulf exists between the way medicine explains psychiatric illness and the experiences of those who suffer. Hornstein's luminous work helps us bridge that gulf, guiding us through the inner lives of those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar illness, depression, and paranoia and emerging with nothing less than a new model for understanding one another and ourselves.

©2009 Gail A. Hornstein; (P)2009 Gildan Media Corp

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    I didn't know what to expect from this book at first. If you can get past the narrator's self-righteous delivery, it is an interesting listen. A decent narrative about the shortcomings of psychiatric 'medecine' and the reactions of psychiatric patients who have been exposed to the system. Provides some nice examples of how professionals can learn from patients. Worthwhile listen.

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