Damaged: Childhood Trauma, Adult Illness, and the Need for a Health Care Revolution
Published: November 2022© 2021
Imprint: Aevo UTP
Page Count: 232 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
232 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
Childhood adversity that is severe enough to be harmful throughout life is one of the biggest public health issues of our time, yet health care systems struggle to even acknowledge the problem. In Damaged, Dr. Robert Maunder and Dr. Jonathan Hunter call for a radical change, arguing that the medical system needs to be not only more compassionate but more effective at recognizing that trauma impacts everybody’s health, from patient to practitioner.
Drawing on decades of experience providing psychiatric care, Maunder and Hunter offer an open and honest window into the private world of psychotherapy. At the heart of the book is the painful yet inspiring story of Maunder’s career-long work with a patient named Isaac. In unfiltered accounts of their therapy sessions, we see the many ways in which childhood trauma harms Isaac’s health for the rest of his life. We also see how deeply patients can affect the doctors who care for them, and how the caring collegiality between doctors can significantly improve the medicine they practice.
Damaged makes it clear that human relationships are at the core of medicine, and that a revolution in health care must start with the development of safe, respectful, and caring relationships between doctors and patients. It serves as a strong reminder that the way we care for those who suffer most reveals who we are as a society.
1. “The damage that I am”
2. “Fuckin’ dead weight”
4. “Cure sometimes. Relieve often. Comfort always”
5. “You’re in it with me now”
6. “The closest thing to love”
7. Causes of causes
8. “Speak for me”
11. “What are we doing here?”
13. “It ends here”
14. “Help me”
15. Under siege
18. “Who is going to give a shit?”
19. “I’ve got this figured out”
20. “I used to think that nothing could change”
21. The Care Revolution
“Damaged is not for the faint of heart – many events from Isaac’s past can be hard to read. But those who persist will find much to consider.” Publishers Weekly
"I have been pining for this book and Maunder and Hunter did not disappoint. Like the proverbial car crash you can't stop looking at, Damaged is a book about a wounded soul whose story you must keep reading. Maunder and Hunter find the love in a patient that many of our colleagues would label 'difficult.' They connect the dots that link strength and vulnerability and those that join the psychological to the physical. With skill and humility, Maunder and Hunter tell a story about every one of us."Dr. Brian Goldman, emergency physician, host of CBC's White Coat, Black Art, and author of The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life.
"This book is dynamite! Damaged is a bold and profoundly important story of two doctors and of one man's monumental struggle. You will find yourself, your family, friends, and co-workers in this phenomenal read. So often the healthcare system fails the most vulnerable people when it comes to mental health. Maunder and Hunter show clearly not only how the system fails, but the revolution it will take to not just improve, but reengineer and create a structure of care that truly helps people heal. The vividly clear connection between early childhood trauma and adult physical and mental health issues is an education we all need. This story is a powerful example of what’s possible. You will see that we can all contribute, and demand the revolution needed to make things better for everyone."Clara Hughes, OC, OM, six-time Olympic medalist, and founding spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk
"This narrative is the best teaching tool that I’ve ever read. The story of Isaac and his therapist, Bob, is more than a model demonstrating the intensity and challenge of providing psychotherapy. The account is humane and transparent and owns the errors in establishing the bonds of trust that enable Isaac to heal over time. It also recounts the remarkable thirty-year relationship of mutual support and reflection shared by two psychiatrists, and of the trials and joys they experience with their patients. The authors appeal for societal activism on issues of racism, poverty, trauma-based therapy, accessibility, and accountability – the myriad of social injustices that we all tolerate. This is their call for a revolution in care."Jean Marmoreo, MD, author and advocate for elders, end-of-life, and medical assistance in dying
"I loved this book. Damaged is important for all healthcare workers. It presents lucid and striking discussions of the impact of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) on individuals and their healthcare. Many compelling and unforgettable case histories and courses of treatment are presented that will be of enormous value in the education of current and future psychotherapists, physicians, and nurses."Irvin Yalom, professor emeritus, Stanford University, and author of The Gift of Therapy and A Matter of Death and Life
"A deeply personal narrative of how humanizing relationships between clinicians and patients heals trauma. Definitely worth reading."Alika Lafontaine, President-Elect, Canadian Medical Association
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Foreword INDIES 2021 honourable mention for Health