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SECHEHAYE, Marguerite. Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl.
Translated by Grace Rubin-Rabson.

New York: Grune & Stratton, 1951. 8vo., original red paper grained boards, lettered in black. First edition, first issue (grained boards). Inscription on the endpaper, there are vertical markings in black pen in the margin of approximately 15 pages, some wear at the foot and along the spine, but this is still a very good copy of this delicate book.

Marguerite Sechehaye followed the work of Sigmund Freud and Jean Piaget closely, believing there was a link between psychosis and trauma experienced as a child. One of her most notable cases was undertaken with a psychotic patient referred to as "Renée", a pseudonym used for Louisa Düss, who the Sechehayes eventually adopted. Over the course of their work together, Sechehaye took the unique approach of chronicling Düss' journal entries and personal reflections in tandem with her own clinical commentary. The approach significantly influenced mental illness research by introducing an antipsychiatry framework that positioned the patient's experiences as a valid means of establishing their case histories. In this work, one of the earliest autobiographical accounts of schizophrenia, Dr. Sechehaye records the ‘visions’ of ‘Renee’ along with her clinical commentary.

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