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The Making of a Psychiatrist Paperback – October, 1979

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co (October 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087795240X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877952404
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This was my favorite book this year and I read it over several times, looking up the few medical terms and using the wonderfully layman descriptions of aspects of psychiatry in my own psychology class in college.
Dr. Viscott does a very good job in relating many important issues in a psychiatric residency, and he does not lapse into complex, technical word frenzy. No. The author portrays himself as a sometimes goofy guy who thinks he's right most of the time--and who wouldn't? He relates his experiences in clearly described personal anecdotes and, true to the reviews, THE MAKING OF A PSYCHIATRIST does indeed read like a novel. It is a novel, of a medical doctor's residency as a psychiatry student.
After reading this book, I wanted to find his previous book, which is supposed to relate his time during medical school and internship. Should be good...if I can find it.
Anyway, this is a very interesting read. There IS a sense of the author's self-importance and "of course I knew better," but...well, he's only human. I would have liked to have him as my psychiatrist...
Anyway, the reader doesn't need a doctorate to understand what is going on, and the few bits of jargon are explained very well.
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Anyone who has developed an intrest in this subject should read this extremly personal and informative account of the process of becoming a doctor from education to practice. This was one of the best books I have read in many years.
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Even though this was written 20 some years ago, the book is still very acurate about what goes on in state assylums and clinics today. Dr. Viscott is a wonderful story teller. His honesty about his struggles and humorous incounters with patients are through out this book making it an enjoyable read. It is a great book for any person who is interested in psychiatry or psychology, for it is easy to read and understand.
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I read this years before I had any idea that I would eventually become psychiatric aide, then a psychiatric nurse, for 25 years. It was great how much of leg up this book gave me in that profession. As old as the book is, it is still so very relevant! It tells it like it is.

David Viscott is one of my all-time heroes. He was an intensely gifted man.
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I haven't read this book since purchasing it in 1975 while in the Atlanta airport fresh from U.S. Navy boot camp and waiting for a flight to Guantanamo Bay. Never having imagined even attending college until then, now I have been a licensed psychologist for 25 years. I don't remember much about this book other than that reading it launched my interest in this gratifying career. For that I give it 5 stars.
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By ktid on April 18, 2015
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Arrived early!!! Wonderful!!! Book has a torn binding about 1 1/2 inches long; however, it can still be read. Grateful to have a David Viscott book. Drama about becoming a resident in psychiatry and then a psychiatrist. Published in 1972.
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I would recommend this book to all people undergoing psychiatric care and to all people who are disdainful of it.
The author, a psychiatrist is much more human than one would expect.
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