A Girl Not Named Sybil by Debbie Nathan

By DEBBIE NATHAN

Published: October 14, 2011 New York Times Magazine

“What about Mama?” the psychiatrist asks her patient. “What’s Mama been doing to you, dear? . . . I know she gave you the enemas. And I know she filled your bladder up with cold water, and I know she used the flashlight on you, and I know she stuck the washcloth in your mouth, cotton in your nose so you couldn’t breathe. . . . What else did she do to you? It’s all right to talk about it now. . . . ”

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This article is adapted from “Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case,” by Debbie Nathan, to be published this month by the Free Press.

Editor: Sheila Glaser

A version of this article appeared in print on October 16, 2011, on page MM56 of the Sunday Magazine with the headline: A Girl Not Named Sybil.
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