In a House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming a Psychiatrist

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Random House, Jun 1, 1996 - Medical - 333 pages
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"EXCELLENT . . . I recommend [Klitzman's] book as a valuable account of one particular kind of training that goes into becoming a psychiatrist".
--The Washington Post
Fresh from medical school, Robert Klitzman began his residency in psychiatry with excitement and a sense of mission. But he was not prepared for what he found inside the city psychiatric center where he was to spend three grueling years.
In truth, as Dr. Klitzman's absorbing account of his apprenticeship reveals, he never ceased to be surprised--by his patients, by the senior psychiatrists' conflicting advice on how to help them, and by the unpredictable results of the therapies, both psychoanalytic and biologic, that he and his fellow residents practiced.
Nights in the emergency room, professional controversy, the minefield of hospital politics, the stress of his own therapy--everything is here, in a passionate and illuminating analysis of a doctor's struggle against tremendous odds to banish his patients' demons.
--Library Journal
"A thorough diagnosis of contemporary psychiatry's intellectual lacunae, as well as its personal and institutional warts".
--Kirkus Reviews

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User Review  - lahochstetler - LibraryThing

This book is Klitzman's memoir of his time in residency, training as a psychiatrist. There are many memoirs of medical training in print, and this one does bear some similarities to the others, but ... Read full review

IN A HOUSE OF DREAMS AND GLASS: Becoming a Psychiatrist

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Klitzman, author of a highly regarded memoir of his medical internship (A Year-Long Night, 1989), offers an anecdotally rich yet critical account of his psychiatric residency. Klitzman tells war ... Read full review


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Klitzman is the Assistant Professor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

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