True stories are more bizarre than any fiction, and Dr. Gary Small knows this best. After thirty 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.
I enjoyed reading Dr. Small's stories. He was able to weave some basic psychiatry principles with some interesting stories. This book was informative as well as entertaining. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Bennett
A pale imitation of Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat.Published 5 months ago by Connie Mulligan
Very entertaining stories! Well written and also provides insight into a doctor's POV.Published 5 months ago by Gina Giambrone
I found this to be an engaging and enjoyable read—in fact, I was entertained enough that I was disappointed to find that the author has not yet written any more anecdotal... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michelle Croyle
This book written by a psychiatrist and his wife seems to me rather self-serving and condescending; it describes some unusual
cases that he has encountered during his... Read more
This is an exceptionally interesting book by a psychiatrist who is very down to earth and self-affacing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mandy G.
Would recommend to everyone no matter you are interested in psychiatry or not. Thanks for the author sharing his stories.Published 11 months ago by Catherine
Written well and held my attention. Possibly a bit didactic in some places but for the most part, a good read.Published 13 months ago by Jerine P. Watson