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Before becoming a psychiatrist, Christine Montross was a poet - I have looked for her poetry, but sadly I have not found any yet - and this really comes across within this book. Despite including medical language and obviously dealing with dark subject matter, Montross's writing style is very accessible.
FALLING INTO THE FIRE is her account of what it was like working within the world of psychiatry. She is open and honest about the struggles and achievements along the way, making this a very 'real' and humane book. Mental illness is so often feared, avoided or misunderstood but here, Montross tries to break some of these barriers down.
One idea I was particularly struck by was the notion of abiding with someone who is experiencing pain. As a counsellor, I come across clients who are in emotional pain, rather than physical pain, but the idea of abiding through this with that client is an interesting one.
I would certainly recommend this for anyone who works as a professional in any kind of health care setting - psychiatrists, doctors, social workers, counsellors etc should get a lot out of this book.
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on 8 August 2014
Easy and interesting to read and yet disappointing: too "bitty", the fascinating cases described, stay unresolved often because of the "System" psychiatrists work in and the biological approach to emotional problems of modern psychiatry,
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on 2 September 2014
I really enjoyed the insight into these cases. The only thing I would change would be more information about treatment and how patients are at this point.
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on 5 August 2014
Beautifully movingly written account by Dr Montross.....a cliche but a "must read" for anyone in the field.
Very worthwhile.
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on 30 October 2014
Very useful. Thanks
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on 4 March 2014
A real insight into mental illnesses and the quandry the medics have in treating an injured mind. For anyone wanting a look into what happens in mental health care this gives a realistic look at the many and varied aspects of mental health and the difficulties faced by both patient and doctor..
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