The Dinosaur Man: Tales of Madness and Enchantment from the Back Ward

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The Dinosaur Man fuses Susan Baur's clinical observations with a deep affection for her patients and a forthright admiration of their courage and wit. She uncovers cunning metaphorical truths in the histories sch8izophrenics create for themselves, and demonstrates that the ways and reasons they tell their stories inextricably link them to us all.

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Compassion and an eager spirit of inquiry unhindered by predetermined expectations are twin engines powering this account of a psychologist's observations, culled over nine years, of mentally ill patients encountered as outpatients and residents in long-term-care facilities. By listening for, and to a degree participating in, the narratives underlying schizophrenics' delusions, Baur ( Hypochondria: Woeful Imaginings ) found herself better able to penetrate the defenses expressed by these elaborate fantasies and to connect with the person behind them. Becoming "dinosaur daughter" to the man of the title, who called himself Nicodemosaurus, and willing witness to the pain of many others, she developed deep respect for those who "crafted reality into the shields or canes or costumes they needed to survive." Her eloquently told tales, despite the sensationalistic subtitle, encourage in readers a similiar generosity toward those whose stories are often dismissed.
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Everyone has a story. The stories that make up this book are neither ordinary nor extraordinary. They derive from Baur's work with schizophrenic patients, many of whom have been hospitalized for years at a place disguised for this telling as "Mountain Valley Hospital." Some patients are painfully aware that they are ill. Many are unable to distinguish between experienced and imagined events (the subject of Baur's dissertation was memory). Throughout the work, Baur ( Hypochondria: Woeful Ima ginings , LJ 4/15/88) is both participant and observer, as she brings into focus those among us who are frequently forgotten. This sensitively written book is recommended. It has been optioned by Orion Pictures for a film produced by and featuring Jodie Foster, so there may be some demand.
- Marlene Charnizon, New York
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