Suzanne Ruta
October 09, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

You Must Be Dreaming

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kathryn Watterson, Barbara Noel
publisher
Poseidon Press
genre
Nonfiction, Self-Help and Psychology, Memoir

We gave it a B

In You Must Be Dreaming, the eminent Chicago psychiatrist Dr. Jules Masserman allegedly drugged some of his female patients and raped them as they slept. Nöel, a successful musician, was Masserman’s patient for 18 years. Why so long? Because as a child her parents molested her and destroyed her self-esteem. You don’t have to accept that pat explanation to be impressed by Nöel’s courage. Largely through her efforts, the doctor lost his license in 1987 and was suspended, belatedly and quietly, from the American Psychiatric Association. The profession’s willingness to protect Masserman for as long as it did is the real shocker of this well-researched, briskly told nightmare. B

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