The joint University of St. Thomas–St. Catherine University School of Social Work is sponsoring a lecture by clinical professor and author Paul Linde, M.D., on Monday, Feb. 22. The lecture, which will take the audience behind the scenes at an urban psychiatric emergency room, will be held at  3 p.m. in Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium on the St. Catherine University’s St. Paul campus.

Paul Linde, M.D.

Paul Linde, M.D.

In his new book, Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist, Dr. Linde takes readers behind the scenes at an urban psychiatric emergency room, with all its chaos and pathos, to witness mental health professionals doing their best to alleviate suffering and repair shattered lives.

Encountering patients who are hallucinating, drunk, catatonic, aggressive, suicidal, high on drugs, paranoid and physically sick, Linde examines the many ethical, legal, moral and medical issues that confront today’s psychiatric providers. A clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Linde has also written the book Of Spirits and Madness: An American Psychiatrist in Africa.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture provides attendees 1 CEU. For more information call (651) 962-5800. St. Catherine University is located at Cleveland and Randolph avenues.