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

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by Gary Small, Gigi Vorgan
 

“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 Mind

A psychiatrist’s stories of his most bizarre cases, The Naked

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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 Mind

A 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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Psychiatrist Small (co-author: iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, 2009, etc.), director of the Memory and Aging Research Center at UCLA, tells the stories of his most intriguing cases.

The book, co-authored with his wife, Vorgan, begins in 1979, when as an insecure trainee in a Boston psychiatric clinic, Small attempted to help one of his first clients, an apparently neurotic housewife suffering from anxiety attacks. Not only was his diagnosis "off the mark"—she turned out to be a potentially dangerous, borderline psychotic—but he was misdirected by his "clueless" supervisor. This was his first lesson in learning to trust his own instincts and look beyond the obvious. Just months later, the naked lady of the title, who appeared to be psychotic, turned out to be a diabetic young actress suffering from an "amnesia-driven delirious state" induced by low brain sugar. The author's instant cure, a cup of orange juice, was followed by therapy to help her with lifestyle changes. A year later, an apparent incident of mass hysteria at a Boston school—students started fainting, "dropping like flies"—piqued his curiosity, and he volunteered to join a health-department investigative team. This led him to combine his clinical practice with ongoing research projects. Over the years, Small has studied mass hysteria, psychosomatic diseases, brain scanning and geriatric dementia, and he has pioneered in the development of brain-imaging technology to identify Alzheimer's disease. As a practicing psychiatrist with a specialty in geriatrics, the author's cases cover a wide terrain—e.g., a young man who developed hysterical blindness when he attempted to confront his father, a patient who shifted from a food disorder to becoming a shopaholic to an addiction to multiple psychotherapists—and Small writes with empathy and humor about the complexity of human relationships, reflecting on his lifelong struggle to help his clients gain insight and surmount their problems.

A highly personal but generally fascinating memoir spanning more than 30 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061803789
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet 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.

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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The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DrJenski More than 1 year ago
Psychiatrists have one of the most difficult jobs. They deserve the utmost respect and appreciation. I really enjoyed these stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago