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Book and Media Reviews
August 18, 2010

Danger to Self: On the Front Line With an ER Psychiatrist

JAMA. 2010;304(7):799-803. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1179

In Danger to Self, psychiatrist Paul Linde takes readers to places few have been. In a book that may humor, shock, or enlighten, readers are taken into the jails and emergency departments that deal with the interface between the institutions of society and citizens in emotional crises or on the slippery slope of mental illness or those playing the role of being of danger to themselves for personal gain. Few psychiatrists are exposed to the near-constant stress of emergency psychiatry. Far fewer still choose these unique theaters for their clinical practice, as Linde did because it suited his temperament. Thankfully, some physicians thrive on that life.

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