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Gail Hornstein at Broadside Bookshop

  Gail Hornstein
  Gail Hornstein, MHC professor of psychology, is the author of To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann.
(photo by Ellen Augarten)

Mount Holyoke Professor
Gail Hornstein will read from her book To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World, the biography of psychoanalyst Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, and lead a discussion about Fromm-Reichmann's relevance to contemporary issues in mental health and to the psychiatric survivor movement. Hornstein will also be available to sign copies of the paperback edition, newly issued from Other Books. Presented by Freedom Center and cosponsored by Windhorse Associates.

Event Details:
Location: Broadside Books, 247 Main Street, Northampton
When: Wednesday, August 24 at 7pm
Contact Broadside Bookshop or Freedom Center for more info.

To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World by Gail A. Hornstein, professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College, is the first biography of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann (1889-1957), the maverick psychiatrist who accomplished what Freud and almost everyone else thought impossible -- successfully treating patients diagnosed "schizophrenic" or "psychotic" with intensive psychotherapy, not lobotomy, shock treatment, or drugs.

Known to millions as the fictional "Dr. Fried" in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (the best-selling "novel" of madness and recovery written by her patient, Joanne Greenberg), the real Fromm-Reichmann was even more fascinating and controversial.

More than a dozen attempts were made over a 40-year period to write her biography; it took Hornstein a decade to locate the materials necessary to complete this book. Written with unprecedented access to a rich archive of Fromm-Reichmann's clinical work at the legendary Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, and using newly discovered family records and documents from across Europe and the United States, this is the definitive biography of a remarkable woman.

At a time when biological psychiatrists claim psychosis is an incurable brain disease, and most seriously disturbed patients never get an opportunity for high-quality psychotherapy, Fromm-Reichmann's insistence that madness is meaningful, no patient is ever beyond hope, and a respectful and collaborative therapeutic relationship can help people to heal from even severe trauma is a crucial message for us all.

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