“At the core of psychiatry is the relationship between the physician and the patient. And while lots of things change in and around that, the relationship remains a cornerstone of the journey through various treatments and efforts to help a person feel better, and also function better.”
David Goldbloom’s psychiatric career has spanned clinical care, education, research, administration, and advocacy. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he is a graduate of Harvard, Oxford, and McGill. How Can I Help is his look at the life of a psychiatrist working at one of Canada’s largest mental health institutions, Toronto’s CAMH. His book follows him through the course of a normal week, as he deals with a gamut of psychiatric problems, from schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder to post-traumatic stress syndrome and autism. Highly readable and touching, the book pulls back the curtain on the workings of modern psychiatry, an often misunderstood field of medicine that has changed incredibly in the past 25 years. Goldbloom shows readers what it is like to be a psychiatrist today, what its rewards – and challenges – are, and how it is going to change in the future.
A compassionate, realistic picture of a branch of medicine that is entering a new phase, as increasingly we are able to decode the mysteries of the brain and offer new hope for sufferers of mental illness.
“They” are “us.”
David Goldbloom’s psychiatric career has spanned clinical care, education, research, administration, and advocacy. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and McGill University and an officer of the Order of Canada.
Appearing in: 20. Compassion and the Clinic