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About the Author
RICHARD E. GALLAGHER, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at New York Medical College and a faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Columbia University. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and winner of the Stinnecke Class Prize, a scholarship award in classical Latin and Greek. He trained as resident in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and is in private practice in Valhalla, New York.
Dr. Gallagher is the longest-standing American member of the International Association of Exorcists since its founding in the early 1990s. For a number of years, he served as scientific adviser on its governing council as the only layman and sole psychiatrist. He has also helped train major groups of exorcists in the United States in distinguishing possession cases and other diabolic attacks from medical and psychiatric pathology.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07MK37K4F
- Publisher : HarperOne (October 6, 2020)
- Publication date : October 6, 2020
- Language: : English
- File size : 1702 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 267 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,398 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm sure skeptics will abound in attempting to dismiss the subject of demonic activity in modern society, however, one cannot easily overcome the incredible credentials and validity of Dr. Gallagher.
The truth is evil exists. The reality is demonic activity must be taken seriously. As superbly presented it takes highly qualified professionals to work with the religious to ensure appropriate help is provided as needed (physical or spiritual or both).
The Catholic Church has established very strict guidelines on determining if someone meets the criteria for exorcism. Dr. Gallagher masterfully presents the necessity to include professionals who are extremely skeptical about an individual's claim of possession.
In summary, I can't say enough about the value of this book to both the lay and professional.
Dr. Gallagher - Great job!!!!!
Without revealing any spoilers, this book contains true accounts of demonic possession. It roughly describes the diagnosis process, the background information of the patients (there is always a how and why), and reveals details of the actual possessions and exorcisms, some of which were new to me (I thought I had read everything on the subject).
If you are a 'follower' of books on this subject then you will most certainly recognize some of the names mentioned within the pages. Certain members of clergy, as well as other authors, that are prominent in the field are referenced.
I really enjoyed this book. It is informative and a bit dry at times, but it certainly redeems itself with some harrowing true accounts of demonic activity.
If you are expecting a mind meld of Peck and Father Malachi Martin this book mixes a stout Old Fashion with plenty of spiritual bitters. Well balanced and never 'screaming from the pulpit' this book lays out a case why spiritual and scientific principals (and principalities) can integrate in a diagnosis for the treatment of a spiritual issue!
Gallagher also identifies a number of cases of what he calls "real" possessions based on the surface presentation of the "possessed" person. According to Gallagher, in cases of real demonic possession the possessed person seems otherwise "normal" or devoid of any "obvious" mental illness. I add the word "obvious" in scare quotes because sometimes signs of severe mental illness are far from obvious. It is well known in the mental health industry that people with severe psychiatric illness can be quite good at hiding mental illness. Cases of so-called "hidden madness," for example, show that some people may hold quite extreme, bizarre delusional beliefs that never have reason to be manifested or shown to others in everyday society (see Darian Leader's book: "What is Madness?" to read more on this). Does Gallagher recognise this possibility? I would hope that as an experienced psychiatrist he does, but who knows?
Overall, as a fellow mental health practitioner, I found this book to be a fascinating read, and while I am not against Gallagher's decision to be involved in the practices of doing exorcisms, I do wish he would have shown more of preparedness to question his own assumptions regarding the nature of demonic possession and his own Christian beliefs.