The Personality Surgeon

Colin Wilson, Author Mercury House $17.95 (322p) ISBN 978-0-916515-04-1
During a break at a professional conference, Dr. Charlie Peruzzi, an English general practitioner, stumbles on the truth of the ""personality theory'' expounded by a Swedish brain specialist. Peruzzi observes for himself that people often have a distorted view of how others perceive them. He is convinced that if individuals could view themselves as others do, their basic personality problems might be solved, and decides to abandon his medical practice and instead conduct psychological research. Eventually, an entrepreneur offers to fund Peruzzi's ``personality surgery.'' The doctor opens a laboratory where he formalizes his studies through the use of sophisticated computer technology. The story ends as he begins to gain recognition for developing what is called ``the most exciting theory since Freud.'' Veteran author Wilson's (The Mind Parasites novel reads like an unembellished scientific log. While the premise may hold interest, the plot lacks drama and character development is nil. (August 4)
Reviewed on: 02/01/1989
Release date: 02/01/1989
Genre: Fiction
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