- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Regan Arts.; 1 edition (April 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941393438
- ISBN-13: 978-1941393437
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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"In this courageous, intimate account of the troubled intersection between criminality and mental illness, Elizabeth Ford writes with compassion and insight about the most neglected and feared members of our society. Her willingness to engage fully with their humanity stands to inspire us all."
—Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University and author of Far From the Tree and Far and Away
"A wise man once advised me that, while unrealistic expectations can sucker-punch us, hope never will. Dr. Ford's exploration of life on a prison ward for the mentally ill pulls no punches, but like the good doctor herself, her story locates hope and compassion in the midst of institutionalized despair. Sometimes Amazing Things Happen possesses the power to open eyes, change attitudes, and affirm the worth of society's most afflicted and forgotten individuals. I was deeply moved."
—Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True
". . . a rare insider’s view of what happens in a mental hospital and on a psychiatric prison ward . . . a must read . . ."
—Benjamin Sadock M.D., Menas S. Gregory Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
"If you have ever been a correctional psychiatrist, no account before Elizabeth Ford’s Sometimes Amazing Things Happen quite adequately conveys the vexing challenge of caring for these immensely complex patients at the cross roads of psychiatry and the criminal justice system. These patients are tragic exemplars of the worst mishaps of childhood adversity, human cruelty, and neurodevelopment run amuck. The simplistic notion that psychiatric patients in jails and prisons are merely displaced occupants of shuttered state mental hospitals is thoroughly dispelled by Ford’s extraordinary account of caretaking for these deeply disturbed men who do bad things. She reveals their human complexity, sadness and impulsive rage, poignantly revealing the struggle of a physician to try to heal enough of what ails them in order to offer a chance at freedom. This is an illuminating account of the lives she encounters, her challenge to humanize the jail hospital environment, but moreover an unadorned exploration of how a doctor maintains hope and perseveres in the face of overwhelming human and institutional dysfunction."
—Marvin Swartz M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine
"A rare glimpse into the inner world of a psychiatrist, whose empathy and boundless passion cannot be easily contained . . . A poignant and powerful tribute to the human relationships that exist between doctor and patient and to a healing process that is often not unidirectional."
—Scott Soloway, M.D., Director of Manhattan Assisted Outpatient Treatment, NYU School of Medicine
"Amazing things can happen if you open your heart and mind to the idea that, even in the most challenging circumstances, dignity and humanity can be discovered, preserved and nurtured to help heal social wounds . . . As the tales unfold, readers are carried away on the amazing journey displaying the resilience of the human spirit and the chance for healing and hope."
—Debra A. Pinals, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics, University of Michigan
About the Author
Elizabeth Ford, MD is currently the Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City's Health and Hospitals and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. She was formerly the Director of Forensic Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, specializing in the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system, and the Director of the NYU Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Ford is the author of multiple peer-reviewed academic articles and book chapters, as well as the editor of Landmark Cases in Forensic Psychiatry, a book about seminal U.S. Supreme Court cases related to psychiatry. She is a recognized national expert in issues related to incarceration and mental illness and teaches extensively about these topics. She lives in New York with her family.
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While it’s not the gritty expose I was expecting, Sometimes Amazing Things Happen tackles some of the harsh realities of working at or being a patient in our nation’s severely dysfunctional criminal justice/mental health system. It’s clear that the book could have been devoted solely to documenting the injustice and abuse present in the system but Dr. Ford instead emphasizes the element of hope in herself and others. The book doesn’t offer any grand solutions on how to make things better but carries the simple message that actually caring about these patients is crucial and our lives are enriched when we do so.