Obsession a history is a rather unfortunate entry into the conversation about the nature of both obsession in culture and obsessive compulsive disorder put simply the author is simply not up to the task of separating ideas that should be separate and putting together ideas that should be together. Obsession provides an insightful and nuanced review of the history of this tragic illness by exposing obsessive behaviour and contrasting it with the common mildly obsessive behaviours we all engage in the question of difference and thus definition is a recurring motif. Get this from a library obsession a history lennard j davis from the publisher we live in an age of obsession not only are we hopelessly devoted to our work strangely addicted to our favorite television shows and desperately impassioned about our cars we . Lennard j davis obsession a history chicago il chicago university press 2008 isbn 978 0 226 13782 7 hbk 290 pp 2750 as lennard davis wryly observes near the start of this book we are obsessed with obsession. Obsession a history user review kirkus erudite sometimes overly dense exploration of the history of a disorder that was often considered a diseaseactually the word obsession was used in its earliest latin incarnation to characterize
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