Pushing Limits

Pushing Limits – October 7, 2011

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NOTE: DIFFERENT TIME Hour-Long Special, 2-3 pm Friday, October 7
“Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So”
Mark Vonnegut’s new book takes up where his first
memoir, “Eden Express” left off. He gives us more adventures
in living with a mental disability while working as a
pediatrician and serving on Harvard Medical School’s
admissions committee.

Mark Vonnegut had a mental breakdown as a young
adult. He survived and went on to become a doctor
but his mental illness didn’t stop. We’ll talk about
his subsequent breakdowns, his critique of managed
care medicine and hear a few funny stories. The
treatment of people with mental disabilities in the U.S.
is both tragic and unnecessary. We’ll talk about that —
as well as doctors flying to Costa Rica to save poor
people, a hospital which tried to take a child away from
a black family because it didn’t like their attitude, and

Shelley Berman, Marissa Shaw, Adrienne Lauby and
Leah Gardner quiz the good doctor as we encourage
you to become members of KPFA.

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