From the viewpoint of a talented medical student who psychologically crumbles under the pressure of his training, the reader is given rare access to the world of the locked inpatient psychiatry unit and the patients who are treated there. The reader also meets the clinicians who may represent the last best hope for these patients’ recovery. In this book, you will follow the protagonist, Raine Weston, along his descent into madness and back with the help of a female psychiatry resident, Rose Mueller, whose own struggles with depression and alcoholism help to forge a unique bond between two fractured individuals. As a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, A. Philip Stern has worked with patients in their most desperate hours, in order to help them regain the life they want to live. While all stories in this book are entirely fictional, the emotional and narrative core of the story stems from the world in which he trained.
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A. Philip Stern, MD is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His writing has been published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, The Healing Muse, Lifelines, Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, among others. He lives with his wife in Boston.Review:
Praise for Break:
"A. Philip Stern's novel, Break, tells the story of a young, hotshot doctor, who has a psychotic break and ends up in a psych ward. Hisdepictions of both the illness and the hospital treatment, including ECT, areriveting. The characters in his story are also rich and well-developed.As someone who has experienced some of this firsthand, I can attest that Sternreally gets it right - he captures the experience beautifully. Stern'sbook then both entertains and educates. Wonderfully written and compelling, Break is a must read for anyoneinterested in human experience in all its diversity, and the role of psychiatryin helping to contain and address the mental illness that some of us face. "
--Elyn R. Saks,
Best-Selling Author of
The Center Cannot Hold : My JourneyThrough Madness
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