Shem (the pseudonym of psychiatrist and playwright Dr. Stephen Bergman) delights in broad parody. He creates, for example, characters such as Dr. Heiler who gives lectures entitled "Borderline Germans and German Borderlines," or Dr. A. K. Lowell, whose devotion to Freudian analysis is so extreme that she refuses to speak to patients at all. Though the humor can be clumsy at times, Shem makes some serious points about the perils of psychotherapy in which the therapist is not above reproach. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Shem's first book "House of God" is a must read classic medical tale, "Mount Misery" is almost as good.Published 10 days ago by Trapper Johnson
Not a patch on the original. About three times longer than it needed to be. Don't spoil the house of god by reading this.Published 3 months ago by James Clark
Mount Misery was funny and sad too. Eventhough it is fiction I felt a touch uncomfortable at times reading it because parts of the story were shockingly similar to things that... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JAK
I got interested in McLean Hospital and in creating my reading list, I read Gracefully Insane, (Great!). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cat from South Jersey
starts of sort of OK, but halfway through the book it sadly changes into rather tedious discussions and looses its focusPublished 13 months ago by Rudolf JA Buirma
I absolutely loved House of God by the same author. Much of what happends, with patients and the development of your own personal relationship in that book was relatable. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jessika Andersson
Mount Misery is an amazing look at the training of a psychiatrist in the first year of his residency. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Elise Reilly
A refreshingly sarcastic look at the world of Psychiatry. Sometimes depressing, often funny and well worth a read. Liked it.Published 17 months ago by Vinay Kumaran
Writing very reminiscent of House of God. Just as irreverent and funny, especially to another doctor. I enjoyed the laughs.Published 17 months ago by Myron M. Persoff, M.D.