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 nowadays 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.
How is your book different from others on the market?
I am not aware of any other book written on the premise that malingering – paradoxically — has social value. I bolster this position throughout The Abraham Man through the use of 19th-century civil and criminal cases which prominently showcase malingering. The cases are like time capsules, too, illustrating as they do the social forces of the time.
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.
What is up next for you?
I alternate my writing and public speaking between purely medical topics and historical issues.