Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness

by Gail Hornstein, PhD


In a Victorian-era German asylum, seamstress Agnes Richter painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the jacket she created from her institutional uniform.  Despite every attempt to silence them, hundreds of patients managed to get their stories out.

Today, a vibrant network of “psychiatric survivor groups” all over the world work together to unravel the mysteries of madness and help one another re-cover. Hornstein’s book about this journey is nothing less than a new model for understanding one another and ourselves.


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