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"Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result." The resilience of this quote (which has been misattributed to Einstein, Mark Twain, and Benjamin Franklin) exposes our endless fascination with the roots of madness and psychological problems. Psychiatrist and author Christine Montross (Body of Work) approaches the subject in ways that preclude simplistic aphorisms. In fact, her Falling Into the Fire reveals the often disturbing diversity of mental illness and similar appearing behaviors. Her stories of psychiatric ward patients are rendered with clarity and a deep sense of humanity, making this book much more than a cabinet of curiosities. Editor's recommendation.