A Life In Psychiatry: Looking In, Looking Out

September 8, 2020|
A Life In Psychiatry: Looking In, Looking Out by Paul Garfinkel
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When Dr. Paul Garfinkel started his career in psychiatry in the 1970s, psychoanalysis dominated the profession. Then the pendulum swung the other way. Psychoanalysis was discredited and drugs became the treatment of choice for mental illness. Throughout his career, Garfinkel has struggled to find a balance between these two poles, between compassion and human touch on one hand and the rigor of science and the prescribed drugs that have revolutionized psychiatry on the other. Though it was sometimes not popular, he held steadfast to his belief that medicines combined with psychotherapy are often better than either one alone.

In this deeply personal memoir Garfinkel writes about his journey through a 40-year career and life devoted the to the understanding, care and advocacy of the mentally ill. He takes us through the many stages in his life, from his humble beginnings in Winnipeg as the son of Jewish immigrants, through medical school, his internship at Toronto Western Hospital, his rise to leadership positions at many institutions and eventually as the first CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

With candor, Garfinkel gives us insights into the life of a psychiatrist and reveals some of the challenges facing the practitioners, from âburn outâ to the sexual abuse of patients, from substance abuse to the deep feelings of failure at losing a patient to suicide. He reflects honestly on some of his professional missteps and the breakup of his own marriage. He shares his thoughts on the qualities needed to be a good psychiatrist and a good leader. Garfinkel passionately urges his colleagues to speak out, support the patients and work toward removing the stigma, hopeful for the day when people with mental illness are treated like anyone else who is suffering and in pain. My Life in Psychiatry is a fascinating insight into the world of mental health care from a devoted and compassionate pioneer.
Dr. Paul Garfinkel is currently Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, and following an internship at the Toronto Western Hospital, did a psychiatric residency at the Univers...
Title:A Life In Psychiatry: Looking In, Looking Out
Product dimensions:9.21 X 6.61 X 1.61 in
Shipping dimensions:9.21 X 6.61 X 1.61 in
Published:September 8, 2020
Publisher:Barlow Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780991741175

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