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Posted January 15, 2004
Author is out of touch with audience
Recently had the chance to attend the author's seminar during Grand Rounds at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. While the book may have reached an audience at one time, the author is presently out of touch with his clinical as well as lay audience. Kramer read from his latest book, starting with Chapter 1, page 1, for an entire hour and a half, failing to recognize that the audience was bored, frustrated and flustered with his performance. While he offered two comments to audience questions, he seems to present philosophical arguments for every scenario regardless of complexity or severity. Although he was at one time coherent and on task, he seems today to be arrogant and poorly informed to the real issues that touch people in their daily lives. One doubts the veracity of his research if he is the presenting clinician - on the other hand, he was represented by Pfizer and he did represent himself as an appropriate advertisemet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2003
The king of psychiatry
In my view, Kay Jamison ('An Unquiet Mind') is the queen of psychiatry and Peter Kramer is the king. He earned the title by writing 'Listening to Prozac', which stands out as truly unique in the psychiatric literature. It is a combination of interesting case studies, biological data, and philosophical reflection. Kramer has great insight into the psyche and writes extremely well. The book will appeal to a broad audience of nearly anyone interested in how the mind works. In fact, it should be required reading for practically everyone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2002
Good Insight to what it feels like to be depressed and then "cured"
This book was suggested to me by my psychiatrist when I asked him if I could be prescribed an anti-depressant. He encouraged me to read as much as I could before he would give me anything. After reading this book, I realized that I related to many of the people whose stories are in this book. While I feel the book is sort of geared toward an audience that is looking for the answer to: is this drug cosmetic or necessary?- it's a lot more than that. I, personally, do not feel this is a cosmetic drug- not in my situation. It helped me to make the right decision. I've taken control back in my life since.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2008
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