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Annotated Bibliography

Birth Record. InfoBarrel. Hinzie Media, n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.


This was a picture of Shirley Mason's birth records. It just shows where she was born, when, and
to whom. I liked this and I thought it helped tie together any loose ends about where she was
from and who her parents where.

Black HD Wallpapers. Wallmie. Wallmie, 24 Jan. 2015. Web. 2 Feb. 2016.


This is just the background I used for the header. It's a basic black woven background.

Blue is the Color of Love. Ace Weekly. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.
All of the paintings Shirley Mason made were great primary resources, so I used some of her
most known ones. Blue is the Color of Love is a vivid picture, in which the main color in
the painting is 'Blue' along with some darker colors like red and black.

Buildings. Shirley Ardell Mason Art Work. N.p., 15 Dec. 2011. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.
This is a black and white painting of a bunch of crowded houses that was found in Shirley's
basement in Lexington after she passed away. I used it because it was a nice picture,
although I don't know the meaning behind it; it is a pleasant sight.

Cornelia Wilbur. Lockerdome. Lockerdome, n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.


This is a picture I used in my slideshow on the Impact of Sybil page of the website. It is a
younger picture of Doctor Cornelia Wilbur.

Dove. Lexgo. N.p., 23 Jan. 2011. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.


This is one of Shirley's hidden Paintings; you can find it on the Shirley Mason page of my
website. It is just a painting of two doves flying away from shore. Some say that it represents
how Doctor Wilbur guided Shirley Mason and helped her with her disorder.

Drummond, John C., M.D, Michael M. Todd, M.D, and Hoi Sang U, M.D. "The Effect of High
Dose Sodium Thiopental on Brain Stem Auditory and Median Nerve Somatosensory
Evoked Responses in Humans." The Journal of American Society of Anesthesiologists 63
(1985): 249-54. Abstract. The Effect of High Dose Sodium Thiopental on Brain Stem
Auditory and Median Nerve Somatosensory Evoked Responses in Humans 63 (1985):
249-54. Print.
This is a journal regarding the effect of sodium thiopental which is more commonly known as
pentothal. In Shirley Mason's therapy sessions, DR. Cornelia Wilbur was said to have used
pentothal (sodium thiopental) to get information out of Shirley's other identities. Pentothal is an
anesthetic that puts you in a hypnotic state of mind. DR. Wilbur often injected this drug into
Shirley because the other identities wouldn't talk without it. I started to wonder how the drug
effects the brains of patients when it is injected into them on multiple occasions. Due to the
research on this anesthetic, I found that high-doses of sodium thiopental is still being studied.
They were trying to figure out how the brain waves differ when the drug is in full action. Also, I
found out that this drug is not only hypnotic but it is considered an antidepressant. It made me
wonder how high the dose of sodium thiopental Sybil was receiving each time she went to her
sessions. There is no way that can possibly be healthy because it's just like any other drug, if you
rely to heavily on the drug your body eventually follows up. Research against this case states that

Shirley's case is incorrect because she was "not fully unaware of what was occurring" but if you
do research the drug it says that you are put into a hypnotic state which can sort of cause what
you are saying or thinking to be altered. Like in the movies the person who is being
hypnotized will usually repeat after the person who is hypnotizing them. I start to think maybe
that was the case during Shirley's sessions; maybe DR. Wilbur suggested certain things to
Shirley and she just eventually began to believe them herself.

"DSM-5." DSM-5. 5th ed. 2013. N. pag. Print. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
This is an excerpt from the diagnostic and statistical manual which talks about dissociative
identity disorder; Code 300.14. Code 300.14 states how you would diagnose someone with DID,
along with the symptoms of DID. Amnesia is one of the main symptoms. Patients who
experience this usually don't remember what happens in their other "selves". They are oblivious
to everything that happens when they switch personalities. Their thoughts become their feelings,
they start having thoughts they don't recognize as their own. Which can lead to self-destruction,
they don't understand how to feel anymore and confusion takes place. Their old ways of coping
with it can actually lead to more problems. Such as their alcohol intake, that can cause them to
black out along with chaotic actions to become present. This disorder can cause people to lose
their self. Some patients don't even recognize themselves anymore because of their speech,
thoughts, and feelings. They take drastic changes to the point where their self-realization is lost.
This disorder is most commonly the result of childhood trauma and it just becomes hard with the
patients to deal with it, it can cause patients to have feelings such as depression and
anxiety. Children who are diagnosed with disorder experience things differently from
adults. They seem to have more of a schizophrenic approach to it. This excerpt helped me to

realize how hard this disorder is, but after researching this I realized how stressful it actually is.
Sometimes I even believe that I can relate to some of the symptoms.

Flora Rheta Schreiber. Babelio. BABELIO, n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.


Flora Rheta Schreiber was the author of Sybil; she also worked with Shirley and Doctor Wilbur
in the process of publishing the book. The picture is her as she is beginning to age.

Helbling, Audrey Kletscher. Dodge Center, Minnesota. Minnesota Prairie Roots. N.p., n.d. Web.
7 Feb. 2016.
This is a picture of Shirley's hometown, Dodge Center, Minnesota. I found it on a website that
talked of all the geography of Minnesota and stuff you can find in the city.

Lexington. TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor, n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.


Lexington is where Shirley Mason passed away; the picture was of the city at dusk. Although,
that is not the exact location of Shirley's death.

Mason Painting. Siesta Sand. N.p., 1 June 2013. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.
The painting I got from Siesta Sand is a bright green, yellow, blue, and purple painting. I'm not
really sure what it is, but she used very delicate brush strokes. This picture shows her creativity.

Sally Field and Joanne Woodward. Virtual History. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2016. This is a
picture of Sally Field and Joanne Woodward, the characters who played Shirley and
Doctor Wilbur in the movie Sybil. In the picture Sybil was having, what looks like a

panic attack, and Doctor Wilbur was coming towards her with a worried expression on
her face.

Shirley Mason. Dearly Departed Tours. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.

This is a younger picture of Shirley Mason. I used it because Shirley looked different in certain
photos at different angles, so it was just used as another visual representation.

Shirley Mason. Npr. Npr, 11 Oct. 2011. Web. 2 Feb. 2016.


This is just a picture of Shirley Mason when she was younger, back when she used to be an art
professor at Rio Grande College. I wanted to show people what she looked like when she was
younger.

Sodium Thiopental. E-safe-anaesthesia. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.


Sodium Thiopental is an anesthetic that was used to get information out of Sybil and her other
identities. I used a picture of it just so people has a visual representation of what the anesthetic
was.

Sybil Book. psy317taychengmay. Wordpress, n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.


This picture was the cover page of the book, Sybil. Even though there are multiple different
covers of the book; I chose this one because the book I got from the library was the same. It was
used in my website just as reference to the book. Although, throughout my website there are
multiple connections. I just wanted to show the viewer one of the images of the book.

Sybil Hidden Painting. Ace Weekly. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.
On this website they talked a little about Shirley Mason's hidden paintings and provided a couple
examples of the paintings. I used one of the illustrations provided by the website.

"Tapes Raise New Doubts About 'Sybil' Personalities." The NewYork Times 19 Aug. 1998: n. pag.
Print.
This article gave me information about some of the psychiatrists, who were against Shirley
Mason's case, labeling it as "fake". Robert Rieber was said to have received transcripts of the
Doctor Wilbur's therapy sessions. Doctor Herbert Spiegel was one of the first psychiatrist that
Shirley Mason went to. This article was published after Shirley had passed away, and it helped
me formulate my opinion on the case as a whole.