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 is a spellbinding record of Dr. Small’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 multi-million dollar ski lodges of the nation’s elite.

In between, he 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.

Provocative … sharp and witty … Small reveals himself to be a thinker of the best sort … With this book, Gary Small joins Oliver Sacks in the company of medical mystery writers that includes Berton Roueche and Lisa Sanders. The Other Side of the Couch will appeal to readers who like to solve puzzles, as well as to seasoned clinicians who will be challenged by its wide array of intricate cases. In short, it should stand on everyone’s bookshelf.
– Psychiatric Times

Small writes with empathy and humor about the complexity of human relationships . . . A highly personal but generally fascinating memoir spanning more than 30 years.
– Kirkus Reviews




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