Carousel Music, a psychological mystery, addresses the controversy over whether or not some patients in psychotherapy develop false memories of childhood trauma.
On one side of the controversy is the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, some of whose members claim to have been falsely accused of abusing their children. Many psychotherapists, appreciating the subjective quality of memory, acknowledge that false memories can be created in the hands of inexperienced practitioners. On the other side of the controversy is the community of psychotherapists who practice psychotherapeutic techniques that explore the past and believe that their patients' memories of distant events are largely reliable and crucially important to their recovery.
Carousel Music presents both sides of this controversy in the context of a False Memory malpractice suit against a psychiatrist who treats a young woman whose self-mutilation and self-starvation appears to be connected with a shocking childhood memory. It explores the fuzzy borders between science and tradition in the practice of psychotherapy even at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
"Atrocities continue to happen with frightening regularity." Benjamin Kobic, MD, witness for the defense
Rick Moskovitz has done an amazing job of writing an authentic book about serious psychiatric issues while creating a powerful page-turning novel. CAROUSEL MUSIC is gripping and sensitive, enlightening and frightening. It highlights both the power of the process of psychotherapy and the frustration and pain brought about when recovered memories are questioned. This book is a great read for both mental health professionals and the lay public.