Bodies under Siege: Self-mutilation and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry

By: Favazza, Armando R.

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0801853001 373 pages including index. Skin cutting and burning, biting off fingertips, even castration and eye enucleation are acts of self-mutilation generally associated with mental illness. But, according to Dr. Armando Favazza, these horrifying behaviors have important parallels to culturally sanctioned practices such as body piercing, tattooing, branding, and other forms of body modification. "A comprehensive historical, anthropological, ethnological, and clinical account of self-mutilation." - Journal of the American Medical Association. Unmarked. Light wear. Some curling to glossy front cover.