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The psychiatric emergency room, a fast-paced combat zone with pressure to match, thrusts its medical providers into the outland of human experience where they must respond rapidly and decisively in spite of uncertainty and, very often, danger. In this lively first-person narrative, Paul R. Linde takes listeners behind the scenes at an urban psychiatric emergency room, with all its chaos and pathos, where we witness mental health professionals doing their best to alleviate suffering and repair shattered lives.
As he and his colleagues encounter patients who are hallucinating, drunk, catatonic, aggressive, suicidal, high on drugs, paranoid, and physically sick, Linde examines the many ethical, legal, moral, and medical issues that confront today's psychiatric providers. He describes a profession under siege from the outside - health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, government regulators, and even "patients' rights" advocates - and from the inside - biomedical and academic psychiatrists who have forgotten to care for the patient and have instead become checklist-marking pill-peddlers.
While lifting the veil on a crucial area of psychiatry that is as real as it gets, Danger to Self also injects a healthy dose of compassion into the practice of medicine and psychiatry.
©2010 Paul R. Linde (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 02-28-13

Fascinating

The perfect accompaniment to my final few weeks of a nursing school acute inpatient psychiatric rotation. It was fascinating to see the process of the psychiatrist's thinking and to recognize how that differed from the nursing process I was learning.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Leah on 12-16-12

Terrible narration

What would have made Danger to Self better?

I want to hear the book and strongly dislike narrators who fancy them selves actors with accents and over the top inflection in their voice.

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As soon as I hit the narrators obnoxious rendition of a woman's southern accent I had to turn it off. Like nails on a chalkboard.

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9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Liz on 04-10-17

confronts opinions

an excellently written book that's confronts the standard attitude of the general population on what happens in locked psychiatric ward for both patients and staff alike. Giving a real insight into people's attitudes and the realities instead of the horror stories.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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