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

The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head A Psychiatrist s Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases Stories of human behavior at its most extreme With humor compassion empathy and insight Small searches for and finds the humanity that lies hidden under even the most bizarre symptoms Daniel H Pin

  • Title: The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist’s Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases
  • Author: Gary Small Gigi Vorgan
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  • Page: 416
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  • Stories of human behavior at its most extreme.With humor, compassion, empathy, and insight, Small searches for and finds the humanity that lies hidden under even the most bizarre symptoms Daniel H Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New MindA psychiatrist s stories of his most bizarre cases, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head by Gary Small, M.D and Gigi Vorgan co au Stories of human behavior at its most extreme.With humor, compassion, empathy, and insight, Small searches for and finds the humanity that lies hidden under even the most bizarre symptoms Daniel H Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New MindA psychiatrist s stories of his most bizarre cases, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head by Gary Small, M.D and Gigi Vorgan co authors of The Memory Bible offers a fascinating and highly entertaining look into the peculiarities of the human mind In the vein of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings, and the other bestselling works of Oliver Sacks, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head surprises, enthralls, and illuminates as it focuses on medical mysteries that would stump and amaze the brilliant brains on House, M.D.

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    1. I really tried to like this book, as I am a huge fan of Oliver Saks' books. When I discovered this book I had hoped for more interesting, enlightening, and empathetic tales of humanistic first and second person patient experiences with insightful and informative provider. However, this book can't even hold a candle to books such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. This is merely a cheap knock-off that seems to be geared toward shock-value entertainment rather than quality storytelling. Th [...]

    2. I burnt my son's pancakes this morning. I'm not proud of it, but I do decline taking the blame on this one. It started out innocently enough. He brought me a box of pancake mix and said "I hungry!' and I knew that was the point I was supposed to put down the book and start cooking. As I stirred the batter one-handed, I reminded myself that pancakes don't take long to cook and I should just put down the book and do it. As I flipped the pancakes over one-handed I reminded myself that pancakes don' [...]

    3. At the mental health clinic where I work, the psychiatrists spend 15 minutes with each client managing their medications (30 minutes to interview a new patient and start them on meds). So when I read the subtitle of this book, I expected it to involve stories like, “You wouldn’t believe the bizarre delusions of this client with schizophrenia… But they cleared up after I switched him from Risperdal to Zyprexa.”I was pleasantly surprised that the stories were deep and interesting cases sho [...]

    4. The title and the subject matter made me think this could be the most interesting book ever written. Maybe I've read too much about psychology or seen too many episodes of Grey's Anatomy, but none of the stories Small recounts were new to me. Small also makes the mistake of thinking the reader cares that he ate sushi after a strange appointment or that he had a date with his wife on a certain date in 1984. I really wanted to like this book, but I was extremely disappointed.

    5. I really think there should be a special entry in the DSM-IV for "1970s Housewife." That's my personal opinion, as the word "housewife" alone is enough to send me into a neurotic spin: thanks to Gloria Steinem and folks who taught a whole generation of educated/thinking women that if they don't fall in love with their Formica countertops and make daily love to their washing machines there is nothing wrong with them going crazy staying at home. That said, Gary Small's nonfict book on 30 years of [...]

    6. This book reads like an episode of house and is likely as fictional. One chapter pits neurologists against psychiatrists. I can guarantee you that many neurologists respect psychiatrists. However, this author is exactly the kind of psychiatrist that always drove my neuro professors crazy. After having read this book I am not at all surprised that he has an issue with neurologists and that they have an issue with him. Prior to reading this, I did see he wrote a "train your brain" book that every [...]

    7. Much more enjoyable than I expected. The author(s) seems well balanced - not pretentious, not facetiously modest. The stories are told with enough empathy that it doesn't feel like the patients are exploited for the sake of storyough I do wonder how a few of them feel, reading about themselves (perhaps).I enjoyed it - interesting insight, enjoyable narration. It isn't quite a "surreal and bizarre" novel, and certainly not a "circus sideshow" - though there's a bit of the bizarre and surreal incl [...]

    8. Disappointing. I expected much much more from someone so experienced This book falls flat. The author warns you in the beginning that the book is written in chronological order as his career matured yet almost half of the book leaves you cringing for more thought, humility and insights. The author seems to carry a sense of arrogance throughout his book, explicitly showing so by throwing the Harvard/ Mass General weight around initially and rebuking his colleagues. I also felt the book lacked emp [...]

    9. Thought that this would be different but it was a whole lot of the author tooting his own horn. Kind of became tiring by the end. I get it already, you think you're a rockstar (of the psychiatry world). Anyone whose ever taken any psychology courses in University would have been familiar/introduced to most of these "bizarre" cases. It was like reading a storybook version of "Abnormal Psychology" 101.

    10. This was fascinating! Psychology, especially the abnormal kind, has always amazed me. The stories in this book were unique, eye-opening, and have made for a well-rounded and exciting career for Dr. Small. His sense of humor and conversational tone made it readable, and the knowledge building on years and cases of the past made it flow like a story. This is a great quick read for anyone interested in psychology who doesn't want to be bogged down in psychobabble.

    11. I don't doubt that the events in this book occurred, but they're generally not as interesting as I'd hoped.The dialog that was reconstructed to recall these stories is entirely implausible. Nobody in the world composes sentences like the people in this book. Sixth grade reading level. A quick read.

    12. I guess I ranked this book higher than other folks because my expectations were so much lower. I did not expect a hardcore science book, there's other people I go to for that. I thought I would be reading a series of stories about people with peculiar conditions and maybe learn something in the process. I got exactly what I was looking for, I mean look at the title!I was not even bothered by the ego stroking, petty conflicts, gossip and so on because I prefer reading about actually flawed human [...]

    13. I have mixed feelings about this memoir. There are parts of me that really enjoyed learning about different types of disorders, and information about the field overall, but I still feel uncomfortable about other points. My 'expertise' in the field is limited to what I learned, and more importantly retained, in Intro to Psychology and Human Development in college. So in other words, not much at all. As a result, I cannot critique the information presented and its accuracy or inaccuracy. Thus the [...]

    14. The Book The Naked Lady Who Stood on her Head: A Psychiatrist’s Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases by Dr.Gray and Gigi Vorgan details fifteen stories about bizarre patients that he has encountered in his time as a psychiatrist. He tells the tales of some of his slightly more bizarre patients and cases throughout his professional career like for example the story of the naked lady who stood on her head. The woman who inspired the name of the book was taken to the ER delirious from severe hypogly [...]

    15. "The Naked Lady Who Stood On Her Head", by Dr. Gray Small and Gigi Vorgan wrote true physician stories from the most unusual patients. Dr. Gray's patients all had interesting particular illnesses and cases, for example emotional longings, alzheimer diseas, and polydipsia. Gigi vorgan was not medically trained, but she did accompany Dr. Gray since she was Dr. Grays wife and Gigi also wrote down the case study towards the findings of Dr. Gray's patients. The Naked Lady who stood on her head was a [...]

    16. The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head was written by Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan. In my opinion overall I thought this book was good. When I first started reading I found it very interesting. This book was so entertaining to read and very informative and it kept me wanting to read more and more. It explains some of his most craziest and weirdest psychiatric cases. There were many stories such as a sociopath who marries two women, a man that intentionally injures his arm because he wanted to ge [...]

    17. Looking for a book with mildly interesting stories in the world of abnormality? Then look no further than The naked lady who stood on her head by Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan even though it is written in a simplified reading format it is still an interesting read for those looking to study abnormality in psychology I highly recommend reading this book before or during the time you are to study abnormality though you most likely won’t come across a man who has a strong hatred towards his left [...]

    18. The title of this book alone makes you want to read it. I've always been fascinated with stories of bizarre people, so when I saw the title of this book, I was immediately intrigued. I think there's this almost guilty pleasure I have reading and educating myself on abnormal people, and their odd behaviors. I've even gone to the extent of finding movies on cases like these stories, and I'm always drawn into the world of oddities. One thing I enjoyed about this book was the simplicity of it, and t [...]

    19. While this book was interesting, it wasn't quite what I expected it to be. Not all of the cases the doctor profiled were terribly "bizarre," and I couldn't help but think that in least some of the cases, pathological behavior or thinking emerged as a result of the inability to conform to the almighty LifeScript.For example, a young man in one story is so distressed by his bitchy wife's haranguing him for a bayyybee he didn't want and couldn't afford, that he developed an obsession with the idea [...]

    20. Proper review will come soon- as with every book I finish, I'll take some time to sleep on my thoughts about it!EDIT: Even though I can't find fault in this book, somehow giving it a full 4 stars seems too much to me. While I was reading it, I kept putting it aside and reading something else instead. 3 stars it is.Like I said above, I can't find a concrete flaw in the book. The writing is straightforward, it's interesting, and there's bits of (rather black) humour. I think that the only reason I [...]

    21. 3.75 starsThis was a good book demystifying some of the stigma surrounding mental health. Several of Dr. Small's patients had medical conditions that caused their abnormal and sometimes erratic behavior, but some where purely psychological. The psychological cases were a bit more interesting due to the exploration of the deep causes at the root of the patients' problems. All of the cases were intriguing though, including the patient the book was named after (the nekkid girl who stood on her head [...]

    22. I know the title makes this book sound well risque. However, it really is about understanding to some degree the science of psychiatry. The goal of the book is best stated by the author himself in the last chapter: "Many people who could benefit from seeing a psychiatrist choose not to because of their fear and denial. We spend years of our lives in school and college studying any number of topics, yet the idea of taking a few hours to study ourselves seems foreign to so many. It's not surprisin [...]

    23. Case studies of a psychiatrist, ranging from the beginning of his career in the '70s to 2010s.I am always fascinated by stories of like these. His psychiatric background means his thoughts tend to move to psychotropic diagnoses at times, but I'm glad to see, not as quickly as some psychiatrists do. So far as stories go, these are not objectively as weird as they could be, but shows his growth as psychiatrist, and always with a lessons learned paragraph toward the end of each section. Very readab [...]

    24. I admit to skipping the first fifth of every chapter just to get past the set up and get right to the story. The stories were interesting, though not spellbinding. I think what I ended up appreciating about the book was all the varying thoughts the therapist had before he hit on the real issue - as if he were unraveling a mystery.

    25. cut price version of "The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat". Oliver Sachs did it soooo much better. Gary Small appears to have had a pretty dull career and mistook it for something interesting.

    26. 3.5 Competently written memoir/case study series. Some of the case studies were quite interesting. The memoir being woven in is slightly awkward, although it's interesting to see how psychiatry changes and how outside comments can help the psychiatrist diagnose or figure out a treatment plan. Also, the memoir doesn't have a strong narrative arc--of course life cannot live up to fiction, but I still found I had little interest in Small's personal or professional adversities and triumphs.

    27. I didn't want this book to end. I love reading case conceptualizations, and this one shows how the author learned and grew over the course of his career in that regard. It's also written from a place of earnest compassion and humility, a pleasant surprise from a Harvard physician. Would recommend to mental health professionals and laypeople alike!

    28. Mental Illness StoryThis is a useful book, especially if the reader has a mental illness. The doctor explains how a psychiatrist works and how he develops his ideas. It is also useful for showing how therapy can work to improve a person's life. I recommend it for anyone who wants to improve himself on how the mind works.

    29. The book's title made good bait for sales and interested readers. Really it was the title for an incident in the career of the author. I found this book very helpful in understanding the purpose and work of a psychiatrist related to other medical professions. It was hard to put this book down except for a new chapter.

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