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Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry

Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry

by Lynne Jones


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'A profound memoir' Daily Telegraph
'As revealing as the writing of Oliver Sacks' Mark Cousins

Outside the Asylum
is Lynne Jones's personal and highly acclaimed exploration of humanitarian psychiatry and the changing world of international relief. Her memoir graphically describes her experiences in war zones and disasters around the world, from the Balkans and 'mission-accomplished' Iraq, to tsunami-affected Indonesia, post-earthquake Haiti and 'the Jungle' in Calais.

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ISBN-13: 9781474605762
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Lynne Jones is a child psychiatrist, relief worker and writer. She has spent much of the last twenty-five years establishing and running mental health programmes in areas of conflict or natural disaster. Her previous book, Then They Started Shooting: Children of the Bosnian War and the Adults They Become, explores children's understanding of political violence. Her field diaries have been published in the London Review of Books and O, The Oprah Magazine, and her audio diaries broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Jones has an MA in human sciences from the University of Oxford. She qualified in medicine before specialising in psychiatry and has a PhD in social psychology and political science. In 2001, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her work in child psychiatry in conflict-affected areas of Central Europe. She regularly consults for WHO. She is currently working as a child psychiatrist in Cornwall, is an honorary consultant at the South London and Maudsley NHS trust in London, and is a visiting scientist at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Prologue xiii

1 Inside the Asylum 1

2 Why Axe You Here? 27

3 On a Front Line 46

4 Trauma Tales 73

5 Fight or Flight 101

6 Neutral and Impartial 123

7 Interventions 143

8 Healers 179

9 After the Wave 213

10 Building Back Better 239

11 Them and Us 274

12 The Way We Live Now 296

Afterword 312

Notes 320

Bibliography 330

Acknowledgements 337

Index 339

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