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The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing


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Dr. Judith L. Rapoport is Chief of the child Psychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Mediacl School, she has been the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service and the Ittleson Prize in Child Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. She lives with her family in Washington D.C.


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disease that afflicts approximately four million Americans with a need to perform complex, pointless rituals, or to be completely preoccupied with petty thoughts. ``Casebook, shocking report and support tool all in one, this excellent volume is highly readable and free of jargon,'' reported PW . (Jan.)

Deeply moving and impressive.
--Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatOffers help to millions who suffer in silence.
Chicago TribuneFirst-rate meticulous clinical observation and state-of-the-art laboratory studies illuminate an important human problem.
--Leon Eisenberg, M.D., Harvard Medical SchoolThis book, with its information and lively writing, and informed by the author's obvious compassion for her patients, makes an important contribution to understanding an intriguing and irrational illness.
--The New York Times Book Review

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