R. Gregory Lande, DO is a physician actively engaged in the professional practice of psychiatry. Dr. Lande specializes in adult psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and addiction medicine. After a 20 year career in the US Army Medical Corps, Dr. Lande transitioned to civilian life. In this role, Dr. Lande continued in the clinical, administrative, and research activities of his profession. Dr. Lande is an avid historian mostly concentrating on obscure psychiatric topics. He is the author of over 100 publications - from articles to books – on medical and historical topics.
Visit him online at www.medicallegalhistory.com
What made you first decide to become a writer?
The transition for many physicians seems natural enough. We spend considerable portions of our professional lives medically documenting out patient’s stories. A smaller group of physicians, mostly those interested in academic medicine, expand their authorship by writing in medical journals. Even smaller groups, among which I count myself, transfer their interests in writing to nonmedical topics.
Can you tell us about your latest book?
The Abraham Man is a purposely evocative title. I suspect that many people, solely based on that title, would be curious about the book’s contents. I further suspect that most readers would never equate the title with malingering. Yet in fact, The Abraham Man is all about medical malingering. The premise of this book is that malingering propelled the growth and development of modern day neurology and psychiatry. So how did that come about? In nineteenth America, following shortly after the civil war, lawyers increasingly sought the services of physicians in all manner of criminal and civil cases. This was fertile ground for malingering, be it to escape criminal punishment or receive a large monetary award. The Abraham Man was a derisive term commonly used for hundreds of years to label malingerers. The term was lost in common parlance maybe a hundred years ago but resurrected in the title, The Abraham Man. The Abraham Man carefully lays the foundation upon which the premise is built through fascinating civil and criminal cases of the era which prominently show cased malingering.
What inspired you to write it?
I have an interest in psychiatry, forensics, history, and the military. Malingering is at the intersection of those interests.
What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
I think people now days would conclude that malingerers are nothing more than polished medical con artists. There is another side though. Much as a clever criminal forces a detective to adopt more ingenious methods of discovery so does malingering force such accommodations in medical practice. The ability to separate the real from the fabricated is particularly important in medical legal practice.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
The book is available online in both hard copy and soft cover through Algora Publishing and Books A Million. The soft cover is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.