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August 4, 1999

Anorexia and Bulimia: Inner Hunger: A Young Woman's Struggle Through Anorexia and Bulimia

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Marianne Apostolides, 171 pp, $22, New York, NY, WW Norton & Co, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;282(5):494. doi:10.1001/jama.282.5.494-JBK0804-5-1

This short book is a personal story of one young woman's struggle with an eating disorder. In the author's own words, "If you want a comprehensive clinical overview of the cause of an eating disorder you can find it in another book."

Ms Apostolides chronicles her personal experience of an eating disorder from the time she was a suburban high schooler through studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, to her undergraduate years at Princeton University, and her life after college. She does an excellent job describing her conflicts with her mother. Early on in her disorder, for instance, her mother would slam plates of food on the table in front of her in an attempt to get her to eat. The author describes counting and restricting calories, cutting fats from her diet, and excessive exercise. Later, she recounts planning binges and the vicious cycle of binging and purging. She does a good job of sharing the emotional side of her experience and what she was feeling during these episodes.