Mark Rubinstein wrote a guest blog post for The Good Men Project about findings of Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and how rarely it occurs. You can read his full guest post, “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Getting Away with Murder?,” here.
Deborah Kalb spoke with Mark Rubinstein about Bedlam’s Door for her blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb. You can read the full interview here.
Mark Rubinstein and Bedlam’s Door were featured in a review on the blog Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. It featured the following conclusion:
I have to agree, it’s a book ripped from the pages of life that reads like fiction and yet manages to impart pointers, suggestions, and scientific facts along the way that are both fascinating and informative. It sheds a different light on those suffering from mental afflictions, one that calls for learning, care, and action versus reaction, while reminding us that it can happen to anyone for any number of reasons. So you see, defining normal isn’t all that easy after all…
You can read the full review, “Define Normal: BEDLAM’S DOOR by Mark Rubinstein,'” available here.
Mark Rubinstein was interviewed by Ashley Welch for CBS News. In it, she asked him what his motivation was for writing Bedlam’s Door and what he hoped to accomplish with it, among many other questions. You can read the full interview in her article, “Mysteries of the Mind: Psychiatrist Shares ‘True Tales of Madness and Hope,'” available here.
Mark Rubinstein’s eye-opening “Bedlam’s Door” (Thunder Lake Press, $15.95, 280 pages) might not be fiction, but it certainly helps us better understand the methods and motivations of the psychologically damaged who populate both sides of the genre.
Rubinstein, who practiced psychiatry in the military and afterward, has framed his book around a series of case studies that, taken as a whole, strive to provide a keen and often scary grasp of what makes people do the inexplicable. For our consideration, he presents patients who suffer from a myriad of conditions, from surgical addiction to identity disorder, trauma, and depression, just to name a few. All in captivating prose that provides a unique insight into the fragility of the human mind.
In reading “Bedlam’s Door,” I couldn’t help but be struck by how Rubinstein’s well thought-out conclusions apply to a literal rogue’s gallery of fictional villains, as well as heroes, from Hannibal Lecter to Jack Reacher, from Darth Vader to Batman. A masterful treatise on mental (un)health, as professionally polished as it is riveting.
Bedlam’s Door was reviewed by Elise Ronan on the blog Journaling on Paper. In her review, she writes that “Dr. Rubinstein’s book is unique in that it presents those with mental heath conditions as the fragile human beings that they are.” She also adds a personal note, in closing:
In all honesty, one of the largest problems we faced over the years is the lack of compassion by society at large. Dr. Rubinstein’s book will provide an understanding and recognition about the humanity of those dealing with various mental health conditions. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a career in social work, education, medicine, and even human resources.
You can read the whole review here.
Bedlam’s Door was featured on the BookSpin blog, as an “On the Radar” book. The post notes that:
Bedlam’s Door depicts the challenges mental illness poses for patients, their families, health-care professionals, and society. More importantly, it demystifies the subject while offering real hope for the future.
You can read the whole blog post here.