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Eyebrows And Other Fish

Eyebrows And Other Fish

by A Scally, Anthony Scally


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ISBN-13: 9781847474858
Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing
Publication date: 10/10/2007
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 0.55(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)

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Eyebrows And Other Fish 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Empowering, courageous and educational this book is the most talked about in U.K. mental health. Patients, doctors and nurses, academics and their students, but let¿s not forget the ordinary wo/man in the street too. Any sane person having to deal with half of what he has done would sue the pants of the ¿establishment¿. If his goal was empathy the ball is well and truly in the back of the net!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scally¿s incredibly funny and captivating Eyebrows and Other Fish is a very personal account of the author¿s voyage from a heartbreaking childhood through to being an adult diagnosed with schizophrenia. The fact that Scally keeps us laughing throughout the book when tackling issues such as child abuse, social prejudice, violence and the chronic symptoms of schizophrenia is a testament to both his character and comic gift as a writer. But don¿t let this fool you, the book is equally a serious exploration of the barriers faced by a mental health service user and a real revelation into how ¿schizophrenic¿ thought patterns can manifest themselves. The intimate insight Scally provides would be invaluable to anyone interested in mental health issues. This thought provoking book is not for the faint hearted ¿ the author pulls no punches throughout. It is unique in that it will leave you with both a sense of angry indignation and deep admiration. Indignation at the failure of the state to protect people from what are society¿s most disturbing nightmare scenarios, and admiration for the author in overcoming these hurdles with such great humour and in having the courage to share it all with us. Craig Prescott, Parliamentary Research Assistant
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit I was slightly apprehensive on my first day of my psychiatry placement. I felt I needed an extra course to teach me how to converse with `these patients¿ that my normal approach just would not do. I met the author of this book while in clinic and he instantly stood out for me. Tony Scally was diagnosed at 26 with paranoid schizophrenia. At first glance the book could be about anything really, but in fact the oddly titled `Eyebrows and Other Fish¿ is a unique patient¿s eye-view of what it is like to develop mental illness. The book gives readers the excellent, and privileged understanding of how it might feel to have your thoughts run away from you uncontrollably. It helped me understand people like him as normal people whose illness just happened to affect their mind. Overall I would thoroughly recommend the book to any medical student (or non-medical student for that matter) whether they have done their psychiatry placement or not. It is a fantastic window into the life of a person diagnosed with schizophrenia. Although there are educational aspects it also tracks an amusing and exciting sequence of mishaps and misunderstandings. This book is charmingly real and a brilliant read with real sense of what it would have been like to grow up in a broken home of the 1970s. I have rated it with four stars, but for me it ranks far higher than a lot of the text books I have read on the subject of mental ill health. Jo Clifford-Brown (Medical Student)