Book Reviews of Sickened : The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

Sickened : The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
Sickened The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
Author: Julie Gregory, Marc D. Feldman
ISBN-13: 9780553803075
ISBN-10: 0553803077
Publication Date: 9/30/2003
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 122 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
Extremely compelling! Once I started this I could not put it down. This is the most harrowing tale of chid abuse i've ever read. From the outside it looks normal or even loving. But inside it is just horrible. Julie is a survivor in the truest sense of the world. This is a good read. It will remind you that you are able to overcome!
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Helpful Score: 3
Interesting story that brings to light a differant kind of child abuse.

I thought it was well written.
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Helpful Score: 3
Oh what a wonderful girl. I am always astonished at books like this, and people like Julie. How do they rise above? Really, really good book.
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Helpful Score: 3
To be honest, I'm not sure what I thought of this book. The horrific subject matter was difficult for me to overcome. I was impressed that this young woman was able to move forward after such a sickening experience.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found this book to be a fascinating, though sad, story of a mental illness I knew very little about.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a very difficult book to read. In parts it dealt with child abuse, spousal abuse, elder abuse, and animal abuse. Just one of these subjects can be traumatic enough, all at once is very trying even just to read. Books like this always make me marvel at the human spirit. This person was able to survive such an atrocious childhood and come out standing on the other side. I think Julie's account of her life is important to read simply because this kind of thing is common. And there are surely adults out there who survived childhoods like this that aren't gifted writers, who are silent in their pain and their recuperation. And some probably did not live to tell about it. Munchhausen by proxy is a terrible illness and is made even more horrifying by the fact that the children often don't realize what is happening and also doctors rarely realize what is happening. Life is what you make it, that is true here. Julie chose to move on with her life and to take back her power from her mother and that is clear with her courage in writing this book. An amazing accomplishment.
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Helpful Score: 2
A very interesting book about a mother who deliberatly creates illness in her daughter over the course of several years in order to gain attention and care from doctors. A true story.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was pretty good - it was not what I expected but it was a good documentation of the authors mother leading Miss Gregory to believe she truly was sick.
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I agree with others that the subject matter in this book was painful to read, however I am glad the author was able to overcome her horrific childhood and share her story with the world.
I could not put this book down. I thought it was well written for the most part and hope that many will read it and learn from it. It is scary what goes on behind closed doors.
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A personal and descriptive tale of abuse and neglect by very dysfunctional, twisted parents with their own childhood scars and misfortunes. What struck me most was the author's voice and resilience. What tremendous courage to survive, heal, and say "no more."
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I thought the book was amazing, I couldn't put it down.
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This was a good book because it is about a subject most people don't want to mention but it happens everyday to some child somewhere. It is hard to beleive that someone whould go to such measures to get attention for themselves while harming a child in doing so they have a reason for taking the child for treament
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Good read into the odd and twisted world of a MSP survivor. The story didn't really follow a timeline, things jumped around abit and the ending was really strange but then truth is stranger than fiction. Very engaging and important things to know.
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A young girl endures countless medical exams, invasive tests, and surgical procedures as a result of her mother's Munchausen by Proxy. She also details years of abuse at the hands of both of her parents. As a child, she thought this behavior was normal, but realizes as an adult that this is clearly not normal. A fast and scary read.
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This was very scary for me.
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GREAT READ,TERRIBLE THAT THIS CHILD HAD TO GO THROUGH THIS
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Not since Sybil have I read such a horrible case of child abuse. One wonders how someone can treat a child that way, & wonders why the other parent does not stop it.
Most of the abuse consisted of her [Julie's] mother poisoning her mind as well as her body by brainwashing her into believing she was ill. But there was more still: constant threats & verbal abuse, mind games, & false accusations with beatings as a result. All the while the mother playing the victim to gain pity from anyone that would listen.
It is amazing that the writer was able to escape such abuse.
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Well written and, fascinating read. The author is a true survivor!
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very interesting and sad.
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Not since Sybil have I read such a horrible case of child abuse. One wonders how someone can treat a child that way, & wonders why the other parent does not stop it.
Most of the abuse consisted of her [Julie's] mother poisoning her mind as well as her body by brainwashing her into believing she was ill. But there was more still: constant threats & verbal abuse, mind games, & false accusations with beatings as a result. All the while the mother playing the victim to gain pity from anyone that would listen.
It is amazing that the writer was able to escape such abuse.
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