Medicine And Books

Mind Readings: Writers' Journeys Through Mental States

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1562
  1. John Launer

    Ed Sara Dunn, Blake Morrison, Michele Roberts Minerva, £7.99, pp 424 ISBN 0 7493 8628 5

    In Zeffirelli's recent film version of Jane Eyre the first Mrs Rochester, confined to the upper floor of Thornfield Hall like the proverbial bat in a belfry, satisfies all the demands of the role. She cackles, screams, grimaces, slashes, and climatically ignites the hall itself. Yet somehow her performance is half hearted, both embarrassed and embarrassing. Madness, we know, is no longer like this.

    We have all played our part in the deconstruction of madness during this century: the organic psychiatrists and behaviourists, …

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