Bad Karma - Deborah Blum

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By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 04 January 2013


A true crime thriller that explores the darkest regions of romantic infatuation.

THE YEAR: 1968

THE SETTING: Berkeley, California

THE STORY: Amidst the turmoil of student rebellion two loners find each other and turn an innocent flirtation into a dance of death.

THE CHARACTERS: Prosenjit Poddar was the brilliant engineering student who wanted nothing more than to return to his native India a big success and to marry a woman of his parents' choosing.

Tanya Tarasoff was the naïve coed who just wanted somebody to love.

And Larry More was the young psychologist who believed he could break the grip of his patient’s obsession.

THE STAKES: Soon Moore would find himself face-to-face with the biggest dilemma of his career. What does a doctor do if he perceives his patient as mentally unstable and a threat to the well-being of another... but is bound by the oath of doctor-patient confidentiality not to warn the police?

This true story tracks Moore’s race against time to stop the inevitable.

BAD KARMA is more than an anatomy of madness; it is also a chronicle of the events that would culminate in a landmark decision handed down by the California Supreme Court. Known simply as Tarasoff, this 1976 ruling would change the oath of confidentially between therapist and patient, and establish the rule that a mental health professional has a legal duty to warn a threatened individual if his or her life is in danger.

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I had heard quite a bit about this book, but never had a chance to read it until very recently. I must say I was highly impressed by it.

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