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Richard Gallagher

Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal

Board-certified psychiatrist Richard Gallagher is a full professor of psychiatry at New York Medical and a faculty psychoanalyst at Columbia University. A Princeton graduate, Phi Beta Kappa in classics, he trained in psychiatry at Yale. The longest-standing American member of the International Association of Exorcists, he has evaluated more such cases than any physician in history and has been described as the world’s expert on genuine possessions. 

The enthralling book Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal, which traces a scientific authority’s own transformation from skeptic to believer, shows how to recognize false cases, then chronicles the most harrowing authentic possessions he’s encountered. He highlights the “once-in-a century” example of a possessed “Satanic Queen,” whose multiple “psychic abilities” and exorcisms, including her levitating, proved disturbing but astonishing. 

October 28, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Friday

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Richard Gallagher

Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal provides astonishing examples of the most harrowing authentic possessions he has encountered over the years, while also explaining how to recognize false cases. He will also speak a bit about The Exorcist.

Ron Robinson Theater, 6:30 p.m., virtual, also shown on the Ron Robinson Theater screen

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A screening of The Exorcist will immediately follow.