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A Brilliantly Written Journey into a Psychiatrist's Life,
This review is from: Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis (Hardcover)
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It is extremely rare to find a book about psychiatry written in a manner which comes across as a journey, but Falling Into the Fire does just that. The book is written by Dr. Christine Montross, who tells several stories from inside a Psychiatric Hospital. Her stories bring out the methods and techniques used by psychiatrists to treat and try to cure some of the most bizarre mental conditions seen in humans. Dr. Montross struggles to help people whose minds are trying to undo the help she's giving. The book touches on the ethics of dealing with patients who want perfectly good limbs chopped off, or dealing with patients who are so depressed they do not respond to physical stimuli. She writes in an every day manner, bringing her family into the fold through the chapters to ground her own humanity. Many text book authors should take a lesson from this book. If more educational books were written in this manner, school might seem more fun to most people.