The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head

A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases

By Gary Small; Gigi Vorgan
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780061803789, 288pp.)

Publication Date: October 2010

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“'Bizarre' is absolutely the best word to describe the phenomena that Dr. Gary Small witnesses as a psychiatrist. His accounts of true cases are nothing less than jaw-droppers. The stigma of 'seeing a shrink' is still a continuing battle we face today as often patients are considered mentally incompetent, but Dr. Small shows us how important and powerful our minds are and what they are capable of doing without our knowledge or recognition. Entertaining, shocking, and educational, Dr. Small's stories are a fabulous read.”
-- Jennifer Chinn, The Book Works, Del Mar, CA


Description

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.




About the Author

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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