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The story of "Sybil," a young woman claiming 16 different personalities, spawned a book, a movie and a national outbreak of wild tales told to psychiatrists. But journalist Debbie Nathan believes the real Sybil, Shirley Ardell Mason, actually fell prey to an overzealous therapist, Connie Wilbur, and a corrupt journalist, Flora Schreiber, steering a story.
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Although Mason did suffer legitimate mental illness, Wilbur's intense fascination with multiple personalities and unorthodox use of sodium pentathol, paired with Mason's extreme dependence on the doctor for therapy and even rent, led Mason into a far worse situation than where she began. Prime Time Radio's Mike Cuthbert discusses Nathan's new book, Sybil Exposed, and the dangers of doctor-patient relationships gone wrong.