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The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice

The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice

Gilmer, Benjamin

Hardcover

Medical ReferenceCriminologyTrue Crime

Publisher Price: $28.00

ISBN10: 0593355164
ISBN13: 9780593355169
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: Mar 1 2022
Pages: 304
Weight: 1.05
Height: 1.10 Width: 6.14 Depth: 9.29
Language: English
A mesmerizing (The New York Times Book Review) true story about a shocking crime and a mysterious illness that will forever change your notions of how we punish and how we heal--an expansion on one of the most popular This American Life episodes of all time

A remarkable medical detective story-cum-memoir, grippingly told . . . I was drawn in by every part of it.--Atul Gawande, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Being Mortal

Fresh out of medical residency, Dr. Benjamin Gilmer joined a rural North Carolina clinic only to find that its previous doctor shared his last name. Dr. Vince Gilmer was loved and respected by the community--right up until he strangled his ailing father and then returned to the clinic for a regular week of work. Vince's eventual arrest for murder shocked his patients. How could their beloved doctor be capable of such violence? The deeper Benjamin looked into Vince's case, the more he became obsessed with discovering what pushed a good man toward darkness.

When Benjamin visited Vince in prison, he met a man who appeared to be fighting his own mind, constantly twitching and veering into nonsensical tangents. Sentenced to life in prison, Vince had been branded a cold-blooded killer and a malingerer--a person who fakes an illness. But it was obvious to Benjamin that Vince needed help. Alongside This American Life journalist Sarah Koenig, Benjamin resolved to understand what had happened to his predecessor. Time and again, the pair came up against a prison system that cared little about the mental health of its inmates--despite more than a third of them suffering from mental illness.

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