Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist / Edition 1

Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist / Edition 1

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by Paul Linde
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520249844

ISBN-13: 9780520249844

Pub. Date: 01/07/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

"Linde's Danger to Self is a warm, candid and appealing account of being an emergency room psychiatrist. Linde captures the non-conformist, hard-boiled style of the psychiatrists who work in this setting."—Tanya Luhrmann, author of Of Two Minds

"Linde illustrates academic points with his personal experiences quite deftly. He

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"Linde's Danger to Self is a warm, candid and appealing account of being an emergency room psychiatrist. Linde captures the non-conformist, hard-boiled style of the psychiatrists who work in this setting."—Tanya Luhrmann, author of Of Two Minds

"Linde illustrates academic points with his personal experiences quite deftly. He comes across as a warm-hearted, thoughtful, dedicated physician doing a difficult job as best he can. His book offers an authentic behind-the-scenes look at how a psychiatrist thinks and practices." —Frank Huyler, author of The Blood of Strangers

" In this provocative first-person account, Danger to Self, psychiatrist Paul Linde takes us to the troubling front lines of America's mental healthcare crisis. With one in three people experiencing some form of mental illness in their lifetimes, this is a story that needs to be told. Linde waves a red flag that can't be ignored."—Kemble Scott, author of SoMa and The Sower

"Danger to Self is an excellent account of treating acute mental illness. Dr Linde presents powerful stories of disturbed minds and circumstances, of lives in upheaval due to psychosis, addictions, and despair. It is also the story of the story of a psychiatrist who tends to those who are ill enough to warrant treatment in a psychiatric emergency room. This is a well-written book, compassionate, and well worth the reading."—Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind

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ISBN-13:
9780520249844
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/07/2010
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface. Nowhere to Hide

1. The ER Doc: Who's Calling the Shots?
2. The Rookie: Bruno's Man Down
3. The Scrambler: How to Prevent a Murder
4. The Psychodynamo: Learning to Listen with a Professional Ear
5. The Jailer: If You Want to Go, You Have to Stay
6. The Jury: Playing the Suicide Card
7. The Clairvoyant: Whose Life Is It Anyway?
8. The Speed Cop: Talking to Tina
9. The Witness: Trauma Underlies the Pain
10. The Judge: Playing God from a Psychiatric Standpoint

Epilogue. Straight from the Heart Notes References

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Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 3 reviews.
EIR More than 1 year ago
This book is in the top five books I've read in the past year. This is not quite an entertainment, so those who look for "hot stories about crazy people" will probably be a little disappointed. The author does not display people in distress like the human circus; he tells their stories in a calm and compassionate manner with respect for who they are and where they come from. Psych ER is a highly stressful environment with insanity pushed to its limits; patients represent a danger to self, or others, and to keep oneself not just calm and professional but respectful and sensitive to others' pain is a gift. I like how Dr. Linde places main focus on his patients and the hospital/city environment, not himself; this allows seeing unfolding dramatic stories in a context of a bigger picture of current medical/urban reality. At the same time there is a strong author's presence in this book, and his personality gradually reveals itself through little phrases, observations, and humor. I enjoyed every story and I highly recommend this book to those who are in the process of becoming mental health professionals or just curious what it is like to be a psych doctor in ER.
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