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Pathological Lying, Accusation, and Swindling

William Healy

Book Overview: 

This work describes and analyzes several cases of pathological behavior. The interest comes not only from the cases themselves, but also from the of-its-time analysis which is mired in what we now know to be wrong thinking about mental illness, sexuality, gender, and race.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .the result of an operation for appendicitis performed two years previously. She also suffered from tuberculosis a few years ago. (She was found to be running a slight temperature, and some slight hemorrhages in the sputum were observed.)

It may strengthen the portraiture so far sketched to give our impressions as stated after our first study covering a week or two; nor will it lessen the reader's interest to remark that it was not for lack of acquaintance with the pathological liar type that we failed to correctly size up this individual. Indeed, we had already studied nearly all the other cases cited in this monograph. Our statement ran as follows: ``This girl is very frank and talkative with us. With her strong, but refined features and cultivated voice she is a good deal of a personality. She is sanguine and independent. Very likely she does not exaggerate the hard times she has had in going from one home to another. One cannot but respe. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Hutchensonioan teeth? Epilepsy? Prone to masturbation? This outdated laugh if a psychoanalysis tome has your number. Extra star for the unintentional humor.

A historical curiosity

Perhaps of little relevance to the student of psychology, the case studies herein are useful for research into history and aspects often neglected by noble-minded historians. A glimpse of raw life of the poor and hapless can be seen here.

Illustrates motives and reasonings quite well. Too many "cases" which have similar subjects, which gets a bit repetitive.