Sometimes Amazing Things Happen

  • by Elizabeth Ford, MD
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Ford went through medical school unsure of where she belonged. It wasn't until she did her psychiatry rotation that she found her calling - to care for one of the most vulnerable populations of mentally ill people, the inmates of New York City's jails, including Rikers Island, who are so sick that they are sent to the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward for care.
These men were broken, without resources or support, and very ill. They could be violent, unpredictable, but they could also be funny and tender and needy. Mostly, they were human and they awakened in Ford a boundless empathy. Her patients made her a great doctor and a better person. While Ford was a psychiatrist at Bellevue she became a wife and a mother. In her book she shares her struggles to balance her personal and professional lives, to care for her children and her patients, and to maintain the empathy that is essential to her practice - all in the face of a complex institution, an exhausting workload, and the deeply emotionally taxing nature of her work. Ford brings humor, grace, and humanity to the lives of the patients in her care and in beautifully rendered prose illuminates the inner workings (and failings) of our mental health and criminal justice systems.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Plight of mentally ill in prison.

Narration flat. Story barely depicts the horrors of mental illness is the prison population. Those on the forensic wards have little hope. Finding a facility that has a unit for mentally ill is nearly impossible as our state institutions close and prison population increases.
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- suzy

Highly Recommend! 👌👍

Dr. Ford must have overcome hurdles getting this book published (due to the telling of patient stories, but keeping identities private). In this book she shares how she was able to successfully move through barriers to better care for her patients. She used a lot of common sense and mad skills. I saw her on a talk show introducing this book. Not real long and worth a listen or a read!
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- Gurukaram S. Khalsa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.