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“Stories of human behavior at its most extreme….With humor, compassion, empathy, and insight, Small searches for and finds the humanity that lies hidden under even the most bizarre symptoms.”—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New MindA psychiatrist’s stories of his most bizarre cases, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head by Gary Small, M.D., and Gigi Vorgan—co-au“Stories of human behavior at its most extreme….With humor, compassion, empathy, and insight, Small searches for and finds the humanity that lies hidden under even the most bizarre symptoms.”—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New MindA psychiatrist’s stories of his most bizarre cases, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head by Gary Small, M.D., and Gigi Vorgan—co-authors of The Memory Bible—offers a fascinating and highly entertaining look into the peculiarities of the human mind. In the vein of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings, and the other bestselling works of Oliver Sacks, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head surprises, enthralls, and illuminates as it focuses on medical mysteries that would stump and amaze the brilliant brains on House, M.D....

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The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-02-27 08:51

    I really tried to like this book, as I am a huge fan of Oliver Saks' books. When I discovered this book I had hoped for more interesting, enlightening, and empathetic tales of humanistic first and second person patient experiences with insightful and informative provider. However, this book can't even hold a candle to books such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. This is merely a cheap knock-off that seems to be geared toward shock-value entertainment rather than quality storytelling. The author seems arrogant and presents his patients in a way that I feel is exploitative, judgemental, and uncompassionate. The sexist undertones (how he speaks about female coworkers and clients alike), unprofessional behavior/communication, and references to people as their diagnosis (rather than a person with a diagnosis) left me cringing and made it so I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. I'm sure it has a few pearls in it, but I didn't pick this up to be subjected to a circus-style freakshow...

  • Shawn Remfrey
    2019-03-12 13:46

    I burnt my son's pancakes this morning. I'm not proud of it, but I do decline taking the blame on this one. It started out innocently enough. He brought me a box of pancake mix and said "I hungry!' and I knew that was the point I was supposed to put down the book and start cooking. As I stirred the batter one-handed, I reminded myself that pancakes don't take long to cook and I should just put down the book and do it. As I flipped the pancakes over one-handed I reminded myself that pancakes don't take long to cook and I should just put down the book. As I held out a plate of haphazardly chopped up and burnt pancakes to an empty kitchen and said 'Here!', I realized it was just too late to put the book down and there was just no point. I wanted to put the book down and be a good mom, I really did. I was unable. Nope, that isn't a story from The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head. That's a story from my real life while I was reading it. Maybe I'm a bookaholic. Maybe one of the stories touched something in my brain that made me incapable of physically putting it down. Most likely it's just because it was a darn good read! Here's what to expect with this book: Imagine sitting on your front porch with someone you know and trust. They're telling you about the time that a patient came into their office and had a book reading addiction (No! This isn't in the book! Stay with me here!). He doesn't start with 'I had this patient this one time who had this thing.' He starts out at the beginning. 'I was 53 and had just published my first book. As my daughter was attempting to (insert whatever suits your fancy here), I received a call from my publisher. He and I had been friends for years. He told me that one of the girls reviewing my book had a problem and thought she might be benefited by talking to me.' He starts out with personal information and a little background on the story. Then you get hit with the patient. Right away you don't know exactly what's wrong with them, only part of their symptoms. As each story progresses, you learn more about the patient as well as more about the way that Dr. Small dealt with them. Once the story wraps up and you find the issue, it doesn't stop there. I'm definitely a 'But what happened next!' person. I wasn't disappointed! At the end of each story Dr. Small gives a small update on each person. Honestly, I just loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The stories were intriguing. Being an amateur sleuth, I always tried to figure out what was wrong with the person before I was told and I failed with every single person! Best of all for me was Dr. Small's writing style. It has just the perfect amount of flow to keep you intrigued. It really is like sitting down and listening to stories from a trusted friend. This is great if you're a psychiatry student and want to read about a few cases. Personally, I think it's even better if you aren't. Just sit back and enjoy the ride! If you'd like to check out a preview of the book, go here and they'll email you one!

  • Jeremy
    2019-03-21 15:29

    At the mental health clinic where I work, the psychiatrists spend 15 minutes with each client managing their medications (30 minutes to interview a new patient and start them on meds). So when I read the subtitle of this book, I expected it to involve stories like, “You wouldn’t believe the bizarre delusions of this client with schizophrenia… But they cleared up after I switched him from Risperdal to Zyprexa.”I was pleasantly surprised that the stories were deep and interesting cases showcasing the benefits of long term psychotherapy, which psychiatrists hardly ever perform anymore. Most of this work has been outsourced to psychologists and counselors so that the doctors can focus on medication management. This book gave me lots to think about as a counselor-in-training, especially with regard to psychodynamic theory, which the author seems to practice. I recommend it for anyone interested in therapy.Quotes:It has always amazed me that people feel such a stigma about their psychiatric conditions. Most people wouldn’t feel embarrassed if they had a broken leg and needed help. Despite the remarkable advances in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, many still believe that mental illness is a sign of personal weakness and something to be embarrassed about.

  • Carrie O'Maley Voliva
    2019-03-01 13:26

    The title and the subject matter made me think this could be the most interesting book ever written. Maybe I've read too much about psychology or seen too many episodes of Grey's Anatomy, but none of the stories Small recounts were new to me. Small also makes the mistake of thinking the reader cares that he ate sushi after a strange appointment or that he had a date with his wife on a certain date in 1984. I really wanted to like this book, but I was extremely disappointed.

  • Gayle
    2019-03-12 12:41

    I really think there should be a special entry in the DSM-IV for "1970s Housewife." That's my personal opinion, as the word "housewife" alone is enough to send me into a neurotic spin: thanks to Gloria Steinem and folks who taught a whole generation of educated/thinking women that if they don't fall in love with their Formica countertops and make daily love to their washing machines there is nothing wrong with them going crazy staying at home. That said, Gary Small's nonfict book on 30 years of bizarre psychiatric cases almost lost me on the first chapter, which deals with a neurotic "housewife"--and Small doesn't use this word with any irony. Since I have a peculiar brain lesion that forces me to finish reading everything I pick up, I soldiered on and found the rest of the book fascinating: people who want limbs cut off; freaky parents and traumatized children; betrayals, Cinderella freaks, and liars--good stuff. Sandy Dykstra's peeps could have done a better job editing: "her face reddened [in rage]" or "she stomped off [in a huff]"--but we have a physician here who's first love isn't the craft of writing, so I allowed for him not being an Oliver Sacks and honored his mission showing readers that psychiatry is not such a bad thing. He accomplished that, and showed much humility despite his fancy-schmancy LA milieu. Lots of nice nuggets in his recaptured dialog, as in a heart-breaking segment on his diagnosing his esteemed colleague with early Alzheimer's, after the colleague feels he's been a fraud and denies his particular genius. Small says to him, "Anything that's new and makes the world a better place is at the core of creativity." Cowritten with his wife. That's just...wife. Met them both at Book-Works for its mind-brain book series last night--they're good characters on their page and pretty nifty in person, too.

  • Charlene
    2019-02-27 13:52

    This book reads like an episode of house and is likely as fictional. One chapter pits neurologists against psychiatrists. I can guarantee you that many neurologists respect psychiatrists. However, this author is exactly the kind of psychiatrist that always drove my neuro professors crazy. After having read this book I am not at all surprised that he has an issue with neurologists and that they have an issue with him. Prior to reading this, I did see he wrote a "train your brain" book that every professor I have ever had warned me against, but I thought maybe he had some good things to say. He went to Harvard; so I assumed he was titling his book to appeal to the masses but actually planned to include solid, replicated, and reasonable neuroscience. If this book is any indication of what his train your brain book will be like, I will pass. That said, I did find the book entertaining enough to finish it. So, I guess there is that.

  • C
    2019-03-06 07:35

    Much more enjoyable than I expected. The author(s) seems well balanced - not pretentious, not facetiously modest. The stories are told with enough empathy that it doesn't feel like the patients are exploited for the sake of story...though I do wonder how a few of them feel, reading about themselves (perhaps).I enjoyed it - interesting insight, enjoyable narration. It isn't quite a "surreal and bizarre" novel, and certainly not a "circus sideshow" - though there's a bit of the bizarre and surreal included. There's a good mix of fairly common psychological issues. Actually, you might read the "afterword" first, if you want insight into why he's written about those particular cases. I enjoyed the interactions between Gary and his peers and wife, and the humor. Especially his wife, but some of the comments between colleagues were entertaining.It feels a bit polished in a way that keeps you from really emotionally connecting with the writing, but I suspect it has to be that way to relate those stories. It is not a book to "escape" with, but rather more like "story hour" where you're learning something in an enjoyable (or interesting, depending on your perspective) way. I don't see myself needing to reread it, so it is definitely a library loaner for me, but I will probably check in to a couple of his other books, as it turns out a primary focus in his research is Alzheimers (and similar, but I think Alzheimers is the focal point).

  • Vartika
    2019-03-09 07:53

    Disappointing. I expected much much more from someone so experienced.. This book falls flat. The author warns you in the beginning that the book is written in chronological order as his career matured yet almost half of the book leaves you cringing for more thought, humility and insights. The author seems to carry a sense of arrogance throughout his book, explicitly showing so by throwing the Harvard/ Mass General weight around initially and rebuking his colleagues. I also felt the book lacked empathy.. Yes the author has to be detached as a requirement of his profession but in this case, he just sounds judgmental and overbearing. What's with the title calling these cases "bizarre"! Lastly, there are undercurrents of insecurity as the author tries hard to convince why psychiatry is also a "real" science but looks like he had to convince himself the most..

  • Shiela
    2019-03-22 07:43

    Thought that this would be different but it was a whole lot of the author tooting his own horn. Kind of became tiring by the end. I get it already, you think you're a rockstar (of the psychiatry world). Anyone whose ever taken any psychology courses in University would have been familiar/introduced to most of these "bizarre" cases. It was like reading a storybook version of "Abnormal Psychology" 101.

  • Erikka
    2019-03-08 15:31

    This was fascinating! Psychology, especially the abnormal kind, has always amazed me. The stories in this book were unique, eye-opening, and have made for a well-rounded and exciting career for Dr. Small. His sense of humor and conversational tone made it readable, and the knowledge building on years and cases of the past made it flow like a story. This is a great quick read for anyone interested in psychology who doesn't want to be bogged down in psychobabble.

  • Brett Dunst
    2019-03-22 07:45

    I don't doubt that the events in this book occurred, but they're generally not as interesting as I'd hoped.The dialog that was reconstructed to recall these stories is entirely implausible. Nobody in the world composes sentences like the people in this book. Sixth grade reading level. A quick read.

  • Ana-Maria Bujor
    2019-02-27 14:38

    I guess I ranked this book higher than other folks because my expectations were so much lower. I did not expect a hardcore science book, there's other people I go to for that. I thought I would be reading a series of stories about people with peculiar conditions and maybe learn something in the process. I got exactly what I was looking for, I mean look at the title!I was not even bothered by the ego stroking, petty conflicts, gossip and so on because I prefer reading about actually flawed human beings, which most professionals happen to be. He never does anything egregious, so I think these petty things are aimed at bringing him down a peg or two.The last chapter was what sealed the deal for me. It is emotional, sad and shows just how powerless we still are, in spite of the knowledge humanity has achieved. It was just the right ending.

  • Naomi
    2019-03-11 07:27

    I have mixed feelings about this memoir. There are parts of me that really enjoyed learning about different types of disorders, and information about the field overall, but I still feel uncomfortable about other points. My 'expertise' in the field is limited to what I learned, and more importantly retained, in Intro to Psychology and Human Development in college. So in other words, not much at all. As a result, I cannot critique the information presented and its accuracy or inaccuracy. Thus the issues I have are with other aspects of the memoir.In terms of writing style, this was ok. Not great. Just ok. There were parts in the novel that seem overly sappy and forced. For example, sections where the author(s) add in a snippet about their own life/lives, such as getting frisky after a tough day at the office, that doesn't add to the story line. Now, obviously a memoir is about a person's life, and is not necessarily limited to a certain aspect of it, however, this particular memoir's focus is on Dr. Small's career, and besides that, the snippets do not pertain to anything at all. It makes reading this awkward at points, and it is distracting if nothing else.My main issue with this memoir is an ethical one. Yes, Dr. Small puts a disclaimer at the beginning to let the reader know that information about the cases and individuals presented have been changed so as to protect the identities of anyone involved. However, it still makes me uncomfortable to think that any of these cases could be recognized by a former/current patient or their friends and family. I know that if I was a featured patient in this memoir, or knew someone who was, I would be mortified. I would have a hard time trusting any psychiatrist again, because of it. So while the information may be changed, I don't think that's a guarantee that it has been changed enough. It makes me uncomfortable, and while I did read this by choice, I almost feel like it is a bit voyeuristic in nature.

  • Brittany Harley
    2019-03-21 07:49

    The Book The Naked Lady Who Stood on her Head: A Psychiatrist’s Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases by Dr.Gray and Gigi Vorgan details fifteen stories about bizarre patients that he has encountered in his time as a psychiatrist. He tells the tales of some of his slightly more bizarre patients and cases throughout his professional career like for example the story of the naked lady who stood on her head. The woman who inspired the name of the book was taken to the ER delirious from severe hypoglycemia and he worked with the woman even after her emergency treatment to prevent her from having to come to the ER again. Other stories include a woman who was described to have a “sexy stare” who displayed periods of sanity and insanity which caused her to behave inappropriately at times. He also describes how the roles between him and his mentor were switched when his mentor came to him for help. While telling his stories of unusual patients he adds in little bits of his home life like how he and his wife Gigi Vorgan work well together professionally and how they met. I love this book. I have always enjoyed stories of the strange and abnormal and I find odd things incredibly fascinating. This book is right down my alley and provides intriguing stories of real life patients in real situations while still being interesting and a real page turner type of book. I didn’t expect this book to be very good at first but I am very impressed and I enjoyed the book so much so that I can’t really find anything wrong with it. I don’t really know how to apply this to my life other than to be prepared for some strange cases when I start my psychology profession. I recommend this book for people who are interested in the bizarre and how the world of psychology can sometimes lean on the rather strange side.

  • Maria Gonzalez
    2019-03-20 14:43

    "The Naked Lady Who Stood On Her Head", by Dr. Gray Small and Gigi Vorgan wrote true physician stories from the most unusual patients. Dr. Gray's patients all had interesting particular illnesses and cases, for example emotional longings, alzheimer diseas, and polydipsia. Gigi vorgan was not medically trained, but she did accompany Dr. Gray since she was Dr. Grays wife and Gigi also wrote down the case study towards the findings of Dr. Gray's patients. The Naked Lady who stood on her head was a clinical fascinomas due to the bizarre illnesses within each patient, the cases are abnormal which made them unique, especially the case with the Naked Lady who stood on her head whom was taken to ER due to severe hypoglycemia, which her case inspired Dr. Gray for the title of his book. The Naked Lady who stood on her head was a very entertaining book to read since the cases were unusual, which also made it difficult for me to stop reading. Dr. Gray kept his patient's names and identifications confidential, which is a good use of Ethics for psychologist and psychiatrist towards making their study rich and more solid. What I really liked about the book was the very rich detailed stories about the unusual studies and also because there were fifteen bizarre stores from different illnesses. My favorite bizarre story fromthe overall book was the one with the woman whom had the "sexy stare" because it was awkward how her behavior depended on sanity vs insanity periods. Another reason why I liked the book was because the studies were high ecologically valid due to real situations as well as the real patients with odd cases. I didn't really dislike the book because it was mainly entertaining and hilarious. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes short and easy understandable books, I would say that this book is middle school point level.

  • Wendy Butler
    2019-03-13 08:51

    The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head was written by Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan. In my opinion overall I thought this book was good. When I first started reading I found it very interesting. This book was so entertaining to read and very informative and it kept me wanting to read more and more. It explains some of his most craziest and weirdest psychiatric cases. There were many stories such as a sociopath who marries two women, a man that intentionally injures his arm because he wanted to get it amputated, a woman who does not controll her diabetes and goes into a diabetic shock as a way of getting back at her mother, a lawyer with a shrinking penis, or a shopaholic and many more. After reading this book, the author does a good job of showing each patients habits and issues by breaking them down into different categories that have their own way of dealing with the situation. One thing I also thought was interesting is that he wrote this book with his wife. Throughout the chapters are bits and pieces into the Dr. Small and his life. Such things as him meeting and marrying Gigi Vorgan. I didn’t really dislike anything in this book, it was short and simple, and to the point which are my favorite type of reads. What I learned was that to me almost all human will face some sort of emotional struggles during their lives and how we choose to deal with it; taking some moments to reflect will bring you insight on how your mind really works. These stories were very easy and enjoyable to read and I would very much recommend this book to anyone.The book also gave an inside look of psychotherapy, it showed how crazy things can become during a session. As for me psychology is very interesting however for those who do not enjoy this subject as much this book is still a good read. It looks into how the peoples mind work differently.

  • Angelo Zimbelmann
    2019-03-14 11:33

    Looking for a book with mildly interesting stories in the world of abnormality? Then look no further than The naked lady who stood on her head by Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan even though it is written in a simplified reading format it is still an interesting read for those looking to study abnormality in psychology I highly recommend reading this book before or during the time you are to study abnormality though you most likely won’t come across a man who has a strong hatred towards his left hand and want to amputate it you’ll at least be ready for something that may come your way though the title may seem slightly humorous don’t expect to be laughing while reading this book at least not very much though it written in a light hearted manner it is not so funny you’ll burst out laughing but do expect a mild chuckle but the book is not simply all about the bizarre cases but also about Dr.Gary Small’s experiences and how he felt about them or how he changed a little bit having been through each case but it’s also good to read about these types of cases in the bundle of abnormality in the world to feel at least a bit more normal,sure everyone has little things here and there that make us to most people odd but we are no where near as close to oddity of the cases described by Dr.Small in this book not by a long shot also the fact that the book is written in order throughout Dr.Small’s carrier makes us realize how we treated abnormality extremely different in the modern day than compared to the 1970’s seeing as the DSM has changed very much between the years so all and all I do recommend this book it’s a good read indeed.

  • Laura
    2019-03-03 09:39

    The title of this book alone makes you want to read it. I've always been fascinated with stories of bizarre people, so when I saw the title of this book, I was immediately intrigued. I think there's this almost guilty pleasure I have reading and educating myself on abnormal people, and their odd behaviors. I've even gone to the extent of finding movies on cases like these stories, and I'm always drawn into the world of oddities. One thing I enjoyed about this book was the simplicity of it, and the fact the Smalls doesn't approach the reader with a superior attitude. I'm a big fan of Grey's Anatomy and House, so this book was like reading an episode for every case there was, which I enjoyed very much. Which also ties back to how well written it is, it's more of a story than a lesson or a lecture. I think that Smalls letting us know what he is thinking is refreshing. Smalls admits to sometimes being bored or frustrated by patients, reminding the reader that psychiatrists and psychologists are human too. The diversity of the book is also flawlessly smooth, with each case being different than the last, but still just as odd. However, I find it a little peculiar how quickly Smalls evaluates his patients but then again it may just be for the sake of sparing the reader from a tedious, lengthy read. It's also a little weird to me that he talked a lot about himself when the book is dedicated to his bizarre cases. I don’t think there is any way to apply this to my life other than to have an open mind about everyone I meet.

  • Peacegal
    2019-03-13 11:37

    While this book was interesting, it wasn't quite what I expected it to be. Not all of the cases the doctor profiled were terribly "bizarre," and I couldn't help but think that in least some of the cases, pathological behavior or thinking emerged as a result of the inability to conform to the almighty LifeScript.For example, a young man in one story is so distressed by his bitchy wife's haranguing him for a bayyybee he didn't want and couldn't afford, that he developed an obsession with the idea of having his left arm amputated. (He should have threatened to cut off something else so she couldn't "oops" him.)In another story, an upper-middle-class woman's attempts to be the perfect housewife fail when she has a mental breakdown. In yet another, a young woman is so wrapped in family and societal pressure to have a bayyybee that she experiences a psychosomatic pregnancy. And so on.The fact is, the love-marriage-baby carriage triad isn't for everyone, but the push to conform is so intense in some families and in society as a whole, that it destroys minds and lives.

  • Niki
    2019-03-19 10:45

    Proper review will come soon- as with every book I finish, I'll take some time to sleep on my thoughts about it!EDIT: Even though I can't find fault in this book, somehow giving it a full 4 stars seems too much to me. While I was reading it, I kept putting it aside and reading something else instead. 3 stars it is.Like I said above, I can't find a concrete flaw in the book. The writing is straightforward, it's interesting, and there's bits of (rather black) humour. I think that the only reason I kept pushing it on the side and reading something else is because it didn't have a solid story or characters I could become invested with, as I'm used to when it comes to books. This is pretty silly, and I should read more books from genres other than the fiction one and its branches, but I think that was the reason.Still, I enjoyed the book. There's no reason why you wouldn't, so give it a go. It just didn't really work that well for me, or as much as I expected.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-05 09:41

    3.75 starsThis was a good book demystifying some of the stigma surrounding mental health. Several of Dr. Small's patients had medical conditions that caused their abnormal and sometimes erratic behavior, but some where purely psychological. The psychological cases were a bit more interesting due to the exploration of the deep causes at the root of the patients' problems. All of the cases were intriguing though, including the patient the book was named after (the nekkid girl who stood on her head) as well as the story of a man who inexplicably hated his left hand and wanted to cut it off. Though it's not the best written book in the world (a lot of the dialogue felt forced and out of place), it succeeds at depicting therapy and mental health as accessible and pragmatic and not just for those in the throws of a severe personality disorder. Many people in our society could benefit from viewing mental health in that light.

  • Jed
    2019-03-08 14:28

    I know the title makes this book sound well risque. However, it really is about understanding to some degree the science of psychiatry. The goal of the book is best stated by the author himself in the last chapter: "Many people who could benefit from seeing a psychiatrist choose not to because of their fear and denial. We spend years of our lives in school and college studying any number of topics, yet the idea of taking a few hours to study ourselves seems foreign to so many. It's not surprising that we sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to escape our psychological pain in our attempts to feel accepted, valued and loved."Overall, an interesting book and a quick read.

  • Princessjay
    2019-03-06 15:50

    Case studies of a psychiatrist, ranging from the beginning of his career in the '70s to 2010s.I am always fascinated by stories of like these. His psychiatric background means his thoughts tend to move to psychotropic diagnoses at times, but I'm glad to see, not as quickly as some psychiatrists do. So far as stories go, these are not objectively as weird as they could be, but shows his growth as psychiatrist, and always with a lessons learned paragraph toward the end of each section. Very readable. Recommended.

  • Sylvester
    2019-03-08 10:40

    I admit to skipping the first fifth of every chapter just to get past the set up and get right to the story. The stories were interesting, though not spellbinding. I think what I ended up appreciating about the book was all the varying thoughts the therapist had before he hit on the real issue - as if he were unraveling a mystery.

  • Amy
    2019-03-10 12:51

    Meh. He's no Oliver Sacks.Also a tiny but ill-hidden bit of misogyny.

  • Alex Rogers
    2019-02-27 14:34

    cut price version of "The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat". Oliver Sachs did it soooo much better. Gary Small appears to have had a pretty dull career and mistook it for something interesting.

  • Karen
    2019-03-09 09:37

    3.5 Competently written memoir/case study series. Some of the case studies were quite interesting. The memoir being woven in is slightly awkward, although it's interesting to see how psychiatry changes and how outside comments can help the psychiatrist diagnose or figure out a treatment plan. Also, the memoir doesn't have a strong narrative arc--of course life cannot live up to fiction, but I still found I had little interest in Small's personal or professional adversities and triumphs.

  • Lily Mason
    2019-03-03 09:44

    I didn't want this book to end. I love reading case conceptualizations, and this one shows how the author learned and grew over the course of his career in that regard. It's also written from a place of earnest compassion and humility, a pleasant surprise from a Harvard physician. Would recommend to mental health professionals and laypeople alike!

  • Jane Thompson
    2019-03-12 13:48

    Mental Illness StoryThis is a useful book, especially if the reader has a mental illness. The doctor explains how a psychiatrist works and how he develops his ideas. It is also useful for showing how therapy can work to improve a person's life. I recommend it for anyone who wants to improve himself on how the mind works.

  • Gerald
    2019-03-05 11:41

    The book's title made good bait for sales and interested readers. Really it was the title for an incident in the career of the author. I found this book very helpful in understanding the purpose and work of a psychiatrist related to other medical professions. It was hard to put this book down except for a new chapter.