A review of “A Lethal Inheritance” by pediatrician Claudia Gold in her Boston Globe blog today. An excerpt…
Costello explores the skeletons in her own closet, while using her considerable skill as a investigative reporter to weave her personal story with the last several decades of mental health research at the interface of psychiatry and genetics. Costello learns that her sons are the fourth generation of serious mental illness that has been previously been shrouded in secret. Capturing this well-recognized phenomenon of of intergenerational transmission of trauma and mental illness, she writes:
I’ve come to think that whoever is denied their rightful place in a family’s collective memories will possess the hearts and minds of those left behind, unless and until he is acknowledged.
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