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Why would a Hungarian man run down a Manhattan street ranting "I'm king of the Puerto Ricans"? What made a physically healthy woman persuade surgeons to operate on her more than a dozen times? How could a man in a straitjacket commit suicide while in a strictly supervised, locked psychiatric ward?
Though these and the other stories in this book read like fiction, each is true.
Former practicing psychiatrist Mark Rubinstein takes readers deep into the world of mental illness. From the chaos of a psychiatric ER to the bowels of a maximum security prison, the stories range from bizarre to poignant and the people from noble to callous.
Bedlam's Door depicts the challenges mental illness poses for patients, families, and health-care professionals and offers hope for the future. Like the case histories in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks, it shows that though every person's story is unique, we are all more alike than different and are linked by our shared human experience.
|Publisher:||Thunder Lake Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
Table of Contents
Foreword Richard C. Simons, MD ix
King of the Puerto Ricans 1
A Helping Hand 19
The Head Doctor 33
Baptism by Fire 55
A Man of Means 81
A Dirty Little Secret 101
Saved by a Cup of Joe 115
When a Patient Knows More Than the Doctor 129
Dr. Boris Papalini 157
Off the Wall 167
The Family and Me 181
Behind Bars 195
A Short Memory 211
A Deeper Cut 223
A Brief Last Word 239
Suggested Reading 275
About the Author 281
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A terrific book for people studying psychology and for everyone interested in mental illness and the medical world. Mark Rubinstein, MD, is a novelist, physician, and psychiatrist. His ability to tell a story with vivid details is what makes this book great. This book reads very much like a compilation of short stories, but the difference is that each of these stories actually happened. As the description on the back of the book reads: "Bedlam's Door depicts the challenges mental illness poses for patients, their families, health-care professionals, and our society." Some lines from the book that really struck me include: "If I could tear open my chest, and if you could lick my heart, it would poison you." (page 15) "Four times as many women as men attempt suicide, yet four times as many men succeed in killing themselves." (page 25) "I'd grown accustomed to the medley of moans, groans, shrieks, and rantings of a nighttime psychiatric ward." (page 34) I highly recommend this book for its excellent writing and the glimpse it gives readers into the world of mental illness.