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!READ DOWNLOAD ⚔ Of Spirits and Madness: An American Psychiatrist in Africa ♠ This Is A Wonderful Book It Gives A Warm And Loving Picture Of An Isolated African Country Regularly Castigated In The US Press It Reiterates Eloquently Lessons Lost By Our Medical Establishment And Our Populace, Which Need To Be RegainedJournal Of The American Medical Association An Unforgettable Tale Of Medicine At The Crossroads Of Two Cultures After Four Years Of Psychiatric Residency And Two Years Of Practice As An Attending Psychiatrist In San Francisco Which Included Stints In An Emergency Room And The City Jail Paul Linde Thought He D Seen It All When His Pediatrician Wife Decided That She Wanted To Work As A Doctor In Africa, He Went Along For The Ride, Greeting The Prospect With A Blase Same Job, Different Continent, Attitude What He Found, Instead, Would Challenge Much Of What He Thought He Knew About Mental Illness And Transform Him As A Physician And As A Human Being Of Spirits And Madness Is Dr Linde S Account Of His Year Spent Practicing Psychiatry In Zimbabwe S Harare Central Hospital In A Compelling Narrative Brimming With Compassion, Insight, And No Small Measure Of Good Humor, He Tells Of His Shock At The Magnitude Of Human Suffering That Greeted Him On His Arrival In Africa And His Initial Bafflement With Its People S Superstitions And Differing Worldview He Introduces Us To His Patients, Vividly Relating How His Experiences With Them Awakened Him To The Ways In Which Mental Illness Cuts Across Cultures, Ultimately Filling Him With A Deep Admiration For The Incredible Patience And Spiritual Dignity With Which They Endured Their Poverty And Illnesses There was some interesting information in this book, especially for a person interested in comparative mental health practices However, Linde takes a very elitist view of his patients Despite literally being in a singular African country, he continually refers to Africans and African beliefs as if they are a monolithic entity as should have been obvious to me from the book s title The author s time in Africa is clearly a way to find himself, and while it s nice that he s semi aware of this, it s irritating all the same. What s sad to me about this book aside from the obvious, like the paucity of mental health care available in places like Zimbabwe is that Linde refers to his time in Zimbabwe as the peak of his career as a psychiatrist He was facing a much steeper challenge than he might ordinarily in his work, considering the combination of psychiatry and culture, so it makes some sense, but he was also only a few years into that career when he and his wife went to Zimbabwe To think of peaking so early, well.Linde presents himself as a kind of slacker shrink, capable but no overachiever He loves the challenge of a complicated case, and he loves the challenge of being equipped with a modern, Western training but not the tools to go along with it He also incorporates traditional thought into his practice while he s in Zimbabwe not that he necessarily believes in curses and witches and so on, but if considering that in his treatment plan is helpful, well, then it s helpful He obviously made the effort to learn enough to be able to talk, and write, about the spirit end of things in a respectful manner, and it s a interesting book for it.We see almost nothing of his life outside the hospital, and I wish there d been a bit This was 1994 into 1995, at which point Mugabe was already securely in power, but land seizure and economic collapse hadn t happened yet Linde acknowledges sometimes benefiting from the remains of colonial rule while working as a doctor his patients listen not just because he is a doctor but because he is a white doctor but I am interested as well in his experiences outside the hospital, and in how his wife found her experience I suppose that is outside the scope of this book, which barely steps foot outside hospital grounds, but I am curious nonetheless.Side note A couple weeks ago I tried to read Danger to Self, though I d made no connection between that book a library book that had been on my to read list for years and this one which I picked up at Goodwill about a month ago I only got a chapter or so into Danger to Self before concluding that it just couldn t hold my interest But what do you know Same author which I just figured out now Loved this one. Absolutely compelling reading Each chapter is a mini story on a particular case where one reads in anticipation to just know how a particular case was resolved or solved Further, the book cleverly leads us through the intricacies of balancing modern western psychology within the framework of the Shona culture of Zimbabwe I truly recommend this book if you are remotely interested in cultural anthropology psychology or just interested in peoples unique experiences in very different cultures to their own Paul offers a very candid look into his own deep experiences of working within such a different culture with an element of wry humor and poignancy I enjoyed this book A memoir about an American psychiatrist who takes a year out of his career working in a busy AE in San Fransisco to work in a disadvantaged Zimbabwe hospital Linde focuses each chapter on a different patient he encountered and shows what a strong effect culture plays in the presentation and treatment of patients Recommend adding this to your goodreads booklist This book is a fascinating memoir about an American psychiatrist in Zimbabwe for a year I especially like how honest he is about not finding satisfaction in practicing psychiatry in the United States and it is clear through his writing that he felt most fulfilled with his job in Zimbabwe due to the different culture and the amount of independence he had. My knowledge of Africa was richly improved by reading this true account of Dr Linde s work in a psychiatric hospital in Zimbabwe Stunning observations about the beliefs and psyche in some African tribal communities It helps explain why AIDS is the overwhelming tragedy of our lifetime. This is another book on my top five list of favorites I actually emailed this author after I finished it a few years ago and he actually emailed me back It s a good read if you have an interest in psychiatry and Africa. I enjoyed a glimpse into a few worlds I would not normally get a glimpse into Well written and easily understood by someone who does not have any sort of medical degree. Linde s story is fascinating and educational, but his tendency to make sweeping generalizations about the Africans was quite off putting.