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Description - Sometimes Amazing Things Happen by Elizabeth Ford

From the Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services in New York City comes a revelatory and deeply compassionate memoir that takes readers inside Bellevue Hospital's forensic psychiatry unit and brings to life the world-the system, the staff, and the haunting cases-that shaped one young psychiatrist as she learned about respect, survival, and our shared humanity.

Welcome to the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward, a maximum-security hospital and inpatient psychiatric unit for the inmates of the New York City jail system, with its hub on Rikers Island. It is a world of heartbreak, violence, and pain, where severely ill men are often lost in a tangle of courts, jails, and bureaucracy. It is also a place of challenges, redemption, and surprising joy, where tough, hardworking doctors and staff fight to care for and keep safe a population that many would like to forget. This is where Dr. Elizabeth Ford, now the Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City's Health and Hospitals, found her calling.

Dr. Ford shares her stories of caring for these patients-from one of the most hated and alienated inmates at Rikers, who cries when discussing his abusive childhood, to the writer, who agrees to treatment in exchange for Dr. Ford's take on the opening chapter of his book, to the twenty-four-year-old schizophrenic whom Dr. Ford later encounters on the streets of Manhattan, happy and healthy after finally finding the right medication.

Ford's riveting memoir is marked by explosive crises and episodes of violent psychosis, but also moving stories of compassion and hope in the face of overwhelming dysfunction. Eloquent and urgent, her indelible chronicle offers affecting proof that sometimes amazing things happen.

"The individual stories of these men-who were central to my experiences as a psychiatrist-are at once incredibly humbling, terrifying, and inspiring. Through them, I learned about survival and hope." -Elizabeth Ford, MD

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781682451229
ISBN-10: 1682451224
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Regan Arts
Publisher: Regan Arts
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2018
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Elizabeth Ford

Elizabeth Ford, MD is currently the Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City's Health and Hospitals and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. She spent years working on the jail inpatient psychiatry service at Bellevue and in the Bellevue psychiatric emergency room, specializing in the care of individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Dr. Ford teaches and writes extensively about topics related to the interface of mental health, law, and correctional settings. She lives in New York with her family.

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