BITS AND PIECES: A Shrunken Life by Barry Blackwell
The memoir shares highlights of a half-century career during which psychiatry underwent the most dramatic changes of any medical discipline. From psychoanalysis to psychopharmacology, from almost no effective treatments to the most prescribed medications, bringing profound changes in a psychiatrist’s role. From the esteemed “blank screen” behind the couch to the denigrated “pill pusher” in managed care.
The story is told in thought-provoking essays, poems, short stories, and scientific articles chosen for lay readers. An innovative format provides thirty-one pieces covering personal and professional themes which include “bits” of differing lengths and styles. Each piece contains autobiographical material, but it is placed in abroader context.
The poetry and prose are an absolute joy to read. The author’s command of the language keeps a reader spell bound.