Nathan's book is a must read for clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as for students in all mental health professions. … [It] is a devastating cautionary tale of psychotherapy gone terribly wrong and of what can happen when healers place fame and fortune above patient care. It is also a needed reminder that certain urban legends can have baleful consequences, shaping our conceptions of ourselves and others for the worse.It is interesting to note that Sybil was once treated by Dr. Herbert Spiegel, an expert on hypnosis and father of David Spiegel, the Stanford psychiatrist who chaired the DSM-5 Task Force on Dissociative Disorders, and it appears that Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) will be retained as a diagnosis in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, due to be published in May 2013.
Is DID simply a fascinating but faddish diagnosis that grew from an urban legend, or is there legitimate science supporting the existence of patients with multiple personalities who genuinely suffer from this condition?
By Scott O. Lilienfeld and Joanna M. Berg
PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(20)