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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 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 20 days 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 2 months ago by Mandy G.
This book might have been better if the author had concentrated more on his patients and less on himself. More than half the book was about how he felt, how he reacted. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judith
Would recommend to everyone no matter you are interested in psychiatry or not. Thanks for the author sharing his stories.Published 5 months ago by Catherine
The stories on here are fantastic. They really do encompass the kind of work that mental health professionals work with on a regular basis. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dee
Written well and held my attention. Possibly a bit didactic in some places but for the most part, a good read.Published 7 months ago by Jerine P. Watson
Although the cases weren't as bizarre as the title lead you to believe, they were still very interesting. Each case wasn't too long which makes this a faced pace book. Dr. Read morePublished 8 months ago by 224perweek