Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Spotlight: The Abraham Man by R. Gregory Lande


The mere mention of the insanity defense guarantees a lively debate. Opponents of the defense cite the loss of criminal culpability while proponents argue just as passionately that the insanity defense is the ultimate act of compassion. The protagonists would probably be quite surprised to learn that the same basic concerns consumed Americans in the nineteenth century. One factor – The Abraham Man – sowed the seeds of confusion and controversy that united the past with the present.

Some of the most celebrated civil and criminal trials in American history were argued under the shadow of the Abraham Man. The detailed stories of long forgotten legal cases bring the antics of the Abraham Man to life. Through the process, readers will follow the careers of notable Civil War era surgeons whose post-war professional development shaped the future of modern mental health care.


Excerpt:

Some of the most celebrated civil and criminal trials in American history were argued under the shadow of the Abraham Man. Readers will delight in the detailed stories of long forgotten legal cases which bring the antics of the Abraham Man to life. Through the process, readers will follow the careers of notable Civil War surgeons whose post-war professional development shaped the future of modern mental health care. In addition, the reader will learn about the promise of the asylum movement, prominent practitioners of the era, the politics, and eventual decline of institutional mental health care.

Both readers and libraries will find The Abraham Man a refreshing, authoritative text replete with primary source documentation. The engaging narrative deftly weaves the history of science in the 19th century with evolving trends in legal practice. Throughout this period, the budding relationship between doctors and lawyers fashioned the foundation of modern medical legal practice. At every step along the path the Abraham Man sowed confusion and controversy, paradoxically contributing to more rigorous medical practice.

The book will clearly tap into the public’s modern fascination with forensic medicine. Professional readers, such as lawyers, doctors, and psychologists, will find The Abraham Man a valuable historical reference which still rings true after 150 years. Civil War aficionados will discover a fresh perspective and “the rest of the story” about some famous soldiers. Medical history buffs will be enlightened by the devices and stratagems doctors employed to uncover malingering, in many cases the forerunners of modern diagnostic technologies.

Purchase online at: http://www.amazon.com/R.-Gregory-Lande/e/B001H9TEZ0


R. Gregory Lande, DO is a physician and retired US Army Medical Corps Officer. Dr. Lande completed his medical education at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Lande was commissioned an officer in the US Army. During his career in the military, Dr. Lande was active in a wide variety of clinical, academic and administrative positions. Upon leaving the US Army as a full colonel, Dr. Lande was awarded the Legion of Merit recognizing his career contributions. The next phase of his career involved administrative positions in hospital management, research, and teaching at various civilian facilities. Dr. Lande is the author of numerous medical and historical works. He lectures widely on both subjects.

Visit Dr. Lande online at http://www.medicallegalhistory.com/

THE ABRAHAM MAN TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, February 4th
Book spotlight at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Tuesday, February 5th
Interview at Pump Up Your Book
Wednesday, February 6th
Interview at Blogcritics
Thursday, February 7th
Interview at Examiner
Monday, February 11th
Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, February 12th
Guest post at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, February 13th
Interview at Paperback Writer
Thursday, February 14th
Book spotlight at As the Pages Turn
Friday, February 15th
Interview at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, February 20th
Interview at Divine Caroline
Thursday, February 21st
Book spotlight at Bluebell Books
Monday, February 25th
Interview at American Chronicle
Wednesday, February 27th
First Chapter Review at The Book Connection
Monday, March 4th
Interview at Broowaha
Tuesday, March 5th
Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, March 6th
Book review at Review from Here
Thursday, March 7th
Book spotlight at RedRoom
Tuesday, March 12th
Book review at WV Stitcher
Wednesday, March 13th
Guest post at Literal Exposure
Thursday, March 14th
Book spotlight at Marilyn’s Musings
Wednesday, March 20th
Book review at Coffee and A Keyboard
Friday, March 22nd
Book review at The Book Connection
Monday, March 25th
Book review at The Self-Taught Cook

Visit The Abraham Man tour page at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2013/01/22/pump-up-your-book-presents-the-abraham-man-virtual-book-tour/



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