The Golden Cage : The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa, Paperback

The Golden Cage : The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa Paperback

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More than five million Americans suffer from eating disorders, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and an estimated 1,000 women die each year from anorexia nervosa.

Often quoting her patients' descriptions of their own experience of illness and recovery, Hilde Bruch described the relentless pursuit of thinness and the search for superiority in self-denial that characterize anorexia nervosa.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 174 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
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  • Category: Illness & addiction: social aspects
  • ISBN: 9780674005846



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Unfortunately, this was the first book I found and read about eating disorders. It was a devastating and ultimately false lead.I consider this book historically important but NOT recommended except to understand older thinking about anorexia and eating disorders. Bruch made really good observations and descriptions of her patients but without the benefit of later science and context. Her conclusions about the nature of anorexia and especially of the parents of patients have done untold harm and continue to be used in unhelpful ways.