Bettelheim by Nina Sutton
A Life and a Legacy

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The first biography of one of the most glorified and villified figures of our time: Bruno Bettelheim, the brilliant discoverer of a unique method of treating disturbed children. Admirable on all points.--Roland Jaccard, Le Monde.

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Published May 1, 1996 by Basic Books. 606 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Sutton concentrates on his years at the Orthogenic School, where ``his talent as a clinician sprang from his personality, his history, and his wounds.'' According to Sutton, his inner child took over at times, making him ``grandiose, demanding, provocative.'' That he exaggerated his success in tr...

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Paris-based journalist Sutton, in what is almost a detective story, follows his rise to fame as he employed, in the words of one Bettelheim reviewer, ""insights gained in the laboratory of the author's own life."" His compulsion to master extreme situations impelled him to treat autistics (less e...

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As for the charges that Bettelheim was tyrannical and even abusive toward others at the Shankman School, Fisher concedes Bettelheim's darker impulses but insists that the School's "hothouse atmosphere" makes impossible any easy understanding of such.

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