Christine Montross discusses her memoir Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

Mon 9/16 7pm-8pm
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Christine Montross discusses her memoir Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

Penguin Press   9781594203930

"Falling Into the Fire "is psychiatrist Christine Montross's thoughtful investigation of the gripping patient encounters that have challenged and deepened her practice. Each case study presents its own line of inquiry, leading Montross to seek relevant psychiatric knowledge from diverse sources. A doctor of uncommon curiosity and compassion, Montross discovers lessons in medieval dancing plagues, in leading forensic and neurological research, and in moments from her own life.

"Thoughtful and deeply compassionate...["Falling Into the Fire"] is a fluid meditation on the limits of medicine and how Montross learned to care for 'people nearly all of whom are in profound moments of crisis.'...This is not a doctor puzzling clues together like some real-world Dr. House; this is a doctor struggling to sit with the uncomfortable questions that arise when medicine doesn't have any answers." -- Los Angeles Times

"Montross explores the practical, emotional, and philosophical challenges of working with patients whose illnesses of the mind are often intractable and deeply disturbing." -- The New Yorker

"A sympathetic portrait of seriously ill patients that could guide future practitioners on the art of helping, if not always healing, the sick." –- Kirkus Reviews

Throughout, Montross confronts the larger question of psychiatry: What is to be done when a patient's experiences cannot be accounted for, or helped, by what contemporary medicine knows about the brain? When all else fails, Montross finds, what remains is the capacity to abide, to sit with the desperate in their darkest moments. At once rigorous and meditative, "Falling Into the Fire" is an intimate portrait of psychiatry, allowing the reader to witness the humanity of the practice and the enduring mysteries of the mind.

Dr. Christine Montross is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and Co-director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also a practicing inpatient psychiatrist. Dr. Montross's previous book, "Body of Work," was named an Editors' Choice by "The New York Times" and one of "The Washington Post"'s best nonfiction books of 2007. She and her partner, the playwright Deborah Salem Smith, live in Rhode Island with their two young children.
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Monday, September 16, 2013 - 7:00pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9781594203930
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Published: Penguin Press - August 1st, 2013