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Book of the Month - January 2020

To begin 2020, we’ve chosen as Book of the Month a remarkable voyage through illness, doctors, diseases and patients: Dark Tales of Illness, Medicine, and Madness: The King Who Strangled his Psychiatrist by Robert M. Kaplan. You can get the book at a 60% discount throughout January by using the code ‘BOMJAN20’ at the checkout on our website.

Dark Tales shows the extremes of human nature in the complex, dangerous relationships between patients and doctors, public responses to notorious medical quacks, murders, unscrupulous treatments and other crimes in the world of medicine and health. Spanning a wide territory, it is written in the wry story-telling fashion of an insightful forensic psychiatrist with a penchant for exposing missed diagnoses and doctor-patient frailty.


The playwright Ron Elisha praises Kaplan on both the form and content of the book:

“The historical subjects to whom Kaplan turns his juggernaut of a mind are unerringly fascinating, even in the simple detail of their lives and endeavours. Superimposed upon this is an incisive, acerbic, dry, wry wit that lifts the whole above the level of mere erudition, making it so utterly readable.”

Appealing to a wide variety of readers of all ages, the book takes its readers on a thought-provoking journey, from the heights of Mount Everest to the sun-blasted deserts of Central Australia, and from a Bavarian lake to a remote island off the coast of northern Australia, discussing the minds of some of the world’s most bizarre doctors, patients and murderers.

The volume will be of great interest to those with an interest in medicine, health care, psychology, psychology and mental illness-related crimes.


Robert M. Kaplan is a forensic psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has written on murder, crime, genocide, history, medicine and psychiatry. He has often appeared on radio and as a public speaker, and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers.

His publications include the books Medical Murder: Disturbing Tales of Doctors Who Kill, The Exceptional Brain and How It Changed the World and The Prophet of Psychiatry: In Search of Reginald Ellery.

You can click here to visit the page on our website where you can find reviews, a sample extract, and a link to purchase the book.

Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on February 2nd 2020.


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