From the Edge of the Couch
- By: Rabia Malik
“Bizarre psychiatric cases and what they teach us about ourselves” is what Persaud claims his book is all about. In a collection of case histories combined with some historical perspectives on mental illness and commentary, Persaud explores some truly bizarre conditions. From werewolves to witches and folie à deux to phantom lover syndrome, with other extreme delusions and obsessions along the way, you are not likely to find this collection of cases in the outpatients' department. And yet all the cases described are based on real patients from all around the world—though not those of Persaud, for reasons of confidentiality. Although the most extreme examples are cited, it is fascinating to uncover the elements that they have in common with more usual presentations.
But what is the point of putting together such a collection of case studies, apparently aimed at the general public? Will such a compilation further skew the