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Book details
  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Psychiatry / Child & Adolescent
  • Language:English
  • Pages:188
  • eBook ISBN:9781571240637

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Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights

by Mary Pressman M.D.

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Overview
Calling upon knowledge and experience from her roles as child psychiatrist, mother and one time child, Dr. Pressman demonstrates that psychiatry’s marriage to a binary paradigm deters open enquiry, imaginative ideas and innovative approaches. Or navigates the waters of many islands of knowledge including psychiatry, self-help and integrative medicine. In a style that ranges from the academic to the philosophical to the homey, this quixotic narrative inspires both personal and professional self-reflection and encourages discovering who we are and who our children are. Unlike her colleagues who are determined to crack the genetic code, and for whom knowledge is power, the author is unafraid to write about the unknown, and the vital role it plays in all our lives. She suggests ways in which this narrow line of thought may be widened and deepened in order to promote fresh observation and discovery and return to a humanistic approach.
Description
Calling upon knowledge and experience from her roles as child psychiatrist, mother and one time child, Dr. Pressman demonstrates that psychiatry’s marriage to a binary paradigm deters open enquiry, imaginative ideas and innovative approaches. Or navigates the waters of many islands of knowledge including psychiatry, self-help and integrative medicine. In a style that ranges from the academic to the philosophical to the homey, this quixotic narrative inspires both personal and professional self-reflection and encourages discovering who we are and who our children are. Unlike her colleagues who are determined to crack the genetic code, and for whom knowledge is power, the author is unafraid to write about the unknown, and the vital role it plays in all our lives. She suggests ways in which this narrow line of thought may be widened and deepened in order to promote fresh observation and discovery and return to a humanistic approach.
About the author
A graduate of Princeton University, and a member of the second class of women, Dr. Pressman completed her medical education and training at New York University Medical Center in 1983. Following a residency in general Psychiatry and fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, she was Board certified in both fields, and worked in a variety of settings and in private practice for 28 years. She is currently retired. She is currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City where she teaches in the Division of Child Psychiatry. She is past President of the Psychiatric Society of Westchester, a branch of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the mother of two young adults, and she lives in Westchester, New York with her children and her Labrador Retriever Max.
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