Beyond Bedlam’s Door: True Tales From The Couch & The Courtroom by Mark Rubinstein, MD
Published May 15th, 2017 by Thunder Lake Press
Genres Nonfiction, Memoir
What drove a psychiatrist to enlist a patient in a plot to murder six people? What was the secret bargain struck that allowed a 104-year-old woman to live such a long and productive life? Why would a woman refuse to emerge from the confines of her bedroom? And after treatment liberated her, why did she suddenly take a turn for the worse? In Beyond Bedlam’s Door, former practicing psychiatrist Mark Rubinstein takes you outside the hospital and into his world of private patients, nursing home residents, and the challenging legal system in which he worked as a forensic expert. As in Bedlam’s Door, great lengths were taken to preserve people’s anonymity, but the raw truth of each story remains intact. The resiliency of some individuals and the venality of others are laid bare in these pages. Beyond Bedlam’s Door invites you to meet twenty-one unforgettable people.
Each of the chapters in this book is an individual and unique story. They are all former patients of Rubinstein’s, although names and details have been changed to protect the identity of the individuals. Each chapter describes the person involved and the details around that case, along with an “Afterwards” at the end of each chapter. During the chapters he describes conversations he has had with the patient, as well as court room activity in some cases. The “Afterwards” is more clinical and is the author breaking down what happened during the chapter and analyzing it. Just like Bedlam’s Door, there are a wide variety of cases that are described throughout the book. I found the book to be very interesting, just as I did Bedlam’s Door, and enjoyed reading the wide variety of cases involved. These are the one only two books I have read where the case studies have been written directly from the psychiatrist who treated the patients. The author states in his bio on Goodreads that “Every patient has a story to tell,” and that is how these books are written, with each chapter telling a unique, interesting and individual story.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced reading copy of this book.