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Weekends at Bellevue

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

An honest, inside look at the workings and culture of a big city hospital's psychiatric emergency department

It's all there ... the grit and the humor, the chaos and the compassion. This is a compelling read.

posted by PJBradley on December 5, 2009

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

an ego fest

I thought this would be (at least mostly) about the different cases she saw at Bellevue, but the more I read, the more I didn't like the author. She claims that she's wanted to be a psychiatrist since childhood, yet it seems to take her several years after graduating me...
I thought this would be (at least mostly) about the different cases she saw at Bellevue, but the more I read, the more I didn't like the author. She claims that she's wanted to be a psychiatrist since childhood, yet it seems to take her several years after graduating med school, plus her own therapy, to even start to understand what her profession is about. I was appalled at the casualness of her treatment of patients, who seem to be sacrificed to the altar of her desire to be a tough-gal cowgirl. I could have lived without her description of the birth of her first child, and the name-dropping. There's also way too much apologizing for her attitudes and actions, as if this book is an explanation for self-centered behavior. She seems to want admiration for sticking it out for nine years-of two-day weekends, not five-day weeks, while the nurses and aides have stuck it out longer and are probably still there. If nothing else, this book made me glad I don't live in New York City.

posted by JanetOH on November 10, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Interesting

    an interesting and entertaining read, good insight on mental illness

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    A STORY YOU'LL NOT FORGET

    A STORY YOU'LL NOT FORGET, December 19, 2009


    For most of us weekends are happily anticipated days, times of relaxation and pleasure. Not so for Dr. Julie Holland - she worked weekends at a job that many could not even imagine, she was in charge of Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric emergency room. For some just the name Bellevue has become synonymous with the detritus, the disenfranchised of New York City. It was she who saw them, heard their stories and decided who would be sent away or who would be relegated to a ward.

    Evidently Dr. Holland kept copious files as her story is laced with accounts of the troubled who came - a vast army of the mentally ill, everyone from a serial killer to a subway conductor who witnessed a woman being pushed in the path of his train.

    Also included is a large portion of Dr. Holland's own life describing early years during which she dreamed of becoming a rock star, her medical training, and her marriage.

    A popular lecturer and medical expert on numerous television programs she now oversees a private practice in New York City. Nonetheless, the nine years she spent at Bellevue have taken their toll - there are people she will never forget and who will not be forgotten by those who listen to WEEKENDS AT BELLEVUE. Listening to an audio book read by the author is for this hearer a personal, an intimate experience if you will. Just as no one can tell a life story better than the one who has lived it so in all probability no one could have read this memoir with the same understanding and depth of feeling as the author.

    - Gail Cooke

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