The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Sep 28, 2010 - Psychology - 288 pages
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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.

  

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

User Review  - Susan Olesen - Goodreads

A psychiatrist relates his most interesting case histories. Quick and easy to read, insightful. Not nearly as technical as the stuff we had to read for Abnormal Psych. If you love case histories, or ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Drpsychorat - Goodreads

This was a brief refresher course in psycho dynamic therapy for me. It's stress on medication was expected. It's use of aha situations almost laughable. Some interesting cases however. Good reading for beginning mental health professionals. Read full review

Contents

Sexy Stare
1
The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head
21
Take My Hand Please
39
Fainting Schoolgirls
57
Baby Love
73
Silent Treatment
87
The Shrinking Penis
102
Worried Sick
119
Brain Fog
155
Dream Wedding
172
Gaslight
188
Shop Till You Drop
205
Mountain Heir
221
Sigmund Fraud
239
Afterword
259
Notes
262

Eyes Wide Shut
138

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About the author (2010)

Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the university’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. He and Gigi Vorgan are the authors of iBrain, The Memory Prescription, The Longevity Bible, and The Memory Bible.

Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the university’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. He and Gigi Vorgan are the authors of iBrain, The Memory Prescription, The Longevity Bible, and The Memory Bible.

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