True stories are more bizarre than any fiction, and Dr. Gary Small knows this best. After 30 distinguished years of psychiatry and groundbreaking research on the human brain, Dr. Small has seen it all - now he is ready to open his office doors for the first time and tell all about the most mysterious, intriguing, and bizarre patients of his career.
The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head is a spellbinding record of the doctor's most bewildering cases, from naked headstands and hysterical blindness to fainting schoolgirls and self-amputations. It is an illuminating journey into the mind of a practicing psychiatrist and his life in medicine as it evolves over time - a behind-the-scenes look at the field and a variety of mental diseases as they've never been seen or diagnosed before. You'll find yourself exploring the puzzling eccentricities that make us human.
Often funny, sometimes tragic, and always compelling, Dr. Small takes you on a tour of his career that moves from the halls of a crowded inner-city Boston emergency room to the multimillion-dollar ski lodges of the nation's elite. In between, Dr. Small introduces a strange cast of true-life characters and conditions, while dealing with mysterious hysterical blindness, a man convinced that his penis is shrinking, secret double lives, and frighteningly psychotic romantic desires. His career and personal life come full circle when his own mentor becomes his patient, making Small realize that no one is beyond mental exploration - not even himself.
©2010 Gary Small, M.D. (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
yes, to understand how interesting psychology is. And to prove that intuitions don;t work in psychology, and diagnosis and therapy can be very tricky.
Dr. Small, who always takes the criticism on chin.
clear, pleasant, not-monotonous.
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For anyone interested in psychology or psychiatry, this is a must read. As Dr. Gary Small reflects on some of his more interesting cases, the reader has the opportunity for a little self-examining. This is edutainment at its best!
I was intrigued by the description of this book and I was looking forward to listening to psychiatric case histories. However, the author padded this book with so much useless content on topics such as the lives of co-workers, quality of life in Boston vs Los Angeles, and his personal morning routines, that I am convinced he was being paid per word. Also, the author relates case information starting from the 1970's but includes too many details about things like what newspaper his colleague was reading and what danish he ordered at a coffee shop. He lost credibility by adding all these details as they did nothing to advance the story and because it is improbable that anyone would remember such mundane minutia almost 40 years later.
A great compilation of patient stories and the thoughts of the doctor as he grew from a young man "faking" it to a seasoned professional. You move along with him on his journey and you can come out the other side, at least a little better of a person than you started as.
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