Author: William p. Dunn IV
Publisher: Cedar Forge
Publishing Date: 2015
In 1996 the U.S. House of Representatives and President Bill Clinton passed a law today known as 'HIPAA.'
Sandy's Gift is an intimate and shocking true story that tells of the plight in which this law places American families with members afflicted by mental illness.
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Meet the Author:
William P. Dunn IV worked on Wall Street in the U.S. Government bond market where he worked his way up from the back office to the trading desks. After twenty years on Wall Street, he became a financial advisor in northern New Jersey. He continues to work as an investment advisor. He is a graduate of Thiel College where he earned a dual degree in Economics and Business Administration. Today he lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is a proud grandfather.
I'm really not sure how to start out with reviewing the book. I feel that the elements such as characterization or tying up loose ends or even going in depth of some incidents (incidents prior to the mental illness to showcase more of his wife's personality) could have used work because some threads don't conclude until one reads the appendices, but once I got to the part where mental illness is discovered, then the story rapidly picks up and the reader shares the frustration that the author has when it comes to getting help for his wife Sandy. Although I'm not an expert in any field, and I'm not trying to minimize the author's experience with trying to get help for his wife, I do feel that the law should be fixed or be given different guidelines when it comes to mental health. I often imagine that if it were not for privacy, people can get information about others and can use it for their advantage for better or worse. Heck in some bad situations, an abuser can control their victims without the law. But the book does illustrate a good point: standards have to be different for physical and mental health when it comes to HIPAA because its possible to make decisions about one's wellbeing when it comes physical aspect, but its impossible to make decisions when one is clearly suffering from a mental illness.
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)