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Introductory FMS reading and viewing list


Jane E. Brody, "Memories of Things that Never Were", New York Times, April 25, 2000, p.F8
    Brody is the well known health writer and medical correspondent for the New York Times.
    Article can be obtained from a public library or purchased from the paper's web site at:

Review of  Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality, Journal of the American Medical Association, May 17, 2000, p. 2585.
   A good recent summary statement about MPD, Satanic ritual abuse and false  memory problems in one of the country's leading medical journals. To be found at:

Elizabeth Loftus, "Creating False Memories",  Scientific American, September 1997, pp.70-75.
     Loftus is one of the country's  leading memory researchers. This article can be found at her website: , as well as many others.

Paul Simpson, "Recovered Memories: Fact or Fiction", Physician, May/June 2001,  p.16  (published by Focus on the Family)
   This article is especially addressed to church counseling and memory recovery. See:

Rael Jean Isaacs, "Sex, Lies, and Audiotapes", Women's Quaterly, Summer 2001
    A very able article about the feminist origins of  recovered memory hysteria

Royal College of of Psychiatrists, "Reported Recovered Memories of Child Sexual Abuse",  The College Psychiatric Bulletin, (1997) 21, 663-665. Reprinted in FMS Foundation Newsletter, November 1997, vol. 6, no. 10
      This is the group (sort of equivalent to the American Psychiatric Association) wich has used the strongest language of all the professional groups that have issued statements.


"False Memory Syndrome", 1995. 16 mins. Video tape available from the FMS         Foundation. Item #450. $12.50

WBEZ Radio, Chicago, IL (National Public Radio), "This American Life", June 14, 2002.
     A wonderful half  hour program available as an audio tape for $12 from the station (Call 312-832-3380).  You can also listen to it at  Click on “Episodes”, “2002”,  and the pertinent “ra” icon on the left of "6/14" .)

The FMS Foundation maintains a treasure trove of  articles and other materials, any one of  which may be obtained from them.


Reinder Van Til, Lost Daughters, Eerdmans, 1997
     Arguably the best book length introduction to the subject. Available at

Mark Pendergrast,  Victims of Memory, Upper Access, 1996, 2nd ed.
      The most comprehensive treatment of the subject.

Joan Acocella, Creating Hysteria: Women and Muliple Personality Disorder, Jossey-Bass, 1999.
      Discusses why the disorder, which was very rarely diagnosed before the mid-1980's, became a very common diagnosis from then till the mid-90's and is now rare again.

 Elizabeth Loftus and K. Ketcham, The Myth of Repressed Memory, St. Martins, 1994
     Loftus is one of the country's foremost memory researchers

Richard  J. Ofshe and E. Waters, Making Monsters, Scribners, 1994
     Ofshe is a distinguished social psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Eleanor Goldstein, Confabulations, Sirs Books, 1992
     Stories of accused families mainly

Eleanor Goldstein and Kevin Farmer, True Stories of False Memories, Sirs Books, 1993
      Retractor stories mainly

Michael D. Yapko, Suggestions of Abuse, Simon & Schuster, 1994
      Yapko is a therapist and an expert on clinical hypnosis and suggestibility.  His research on therapists' practices and beliefs led him to conclude that many of them "appear to practice their profession on the basis of sheer myth."

Paul Simpson, Second Thoughts, Thomas Nelson, 1996
      Simpson is a therapist who at one time practiced RMT and then saw the light.  He gives special emphasis to the Christian perspective.

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