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Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities (Hardcover)

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My psychology professor Uncle introduced me to the case studies in Berton Rouche's Medical Detectives (and later Oliver Sacks), and I've been hooked on the genre ever since. Here Kalb focuses on 12 historical figures whose admitted behaviors or belated diagnoses from their biographers illustrate psychological disorders cataloged in the DSM.  From Howard Hughes' OCD to Frank Lloyd Wright's narcissism, there's a chapter to interest all of us. It's also fun to speculate about which living celebrities could be featured in the sequel.

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Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In this surprising, inventive, and meticulously researched look at the evolution of mental health, acclaimed health and science journalist Claudia Kalb gives readers a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving groundbreaking research into biographical narratives that are deeply embedded in our culture. From Marilyn Monroe's borderline personality disorder to Charles Darwin's anxiety, Kalb provides compelling insight into a broad range of maladies, using historical records and interviews with leading mental health experts, biographers, sociologists, and other specialists. Packed with intriguing revelations, this smart narrative brings a new perspective to one of the hottest new topics in today's cultural conversation.

About the Author

CLAUDIA KALB, an award-winning journalist who reports on a wide variety of health and science topics, is known for combining serious reporting with engaging, accessible writing. A former senior writer at Newsweek who has contributed to Smithsonian and Scientific American, Kalb has penned hundreds of features on topics ranging from depression and PTSD to painkiller addiction and the surge in drugs used to treat ADHD. She is now a freelance writer and editor.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781426214660
ISBN-10: 1426214669
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English