The Sleeping Beauties And Other Stories of Mystery Illnessby O'Sullivan, Suzanne
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In The Sleeping Beauties, Dr. Suzanne O’Sullivan—an award-winning Irish neurologist—investigates psychosomatic disorders, traveling the world to visit communities suffering from these so-called mystery illnesses. From a derelict post-Soviet mining town in Kazakhstan to the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua to the heart of the María Mountains in Colombia, O’Sullivan records the remarkable stories of syndromes related to her by people from all walks of life. Riveting and often distressing, these case studies are recounted with compassion and humanity.
In examining the complexity of psychogenic illness, O’Sullivan has written a book of both fascination and serious concern as these syndromes continue to proliferate around the globe.
Table of Contents
1. The Sleeping Beauties 13
2. Crazy 40
3.Paradise Lost 80
4. Mind over Matter 128
5. Horses Not Zebras 157
6. A Question of Trust 189
7. The Witches of Le Roy 237
8. Normal Behaviour 273
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