A psychiatrist’s most bizarre cases

Nov 1, 2010

From naked headstands to fainting school girls and self-amputations, Dr. Gary Small’s psychiatry practice has generated a treasure trove of stranger-than fiction-tales. Tracking his journey to becoming a world wide expert on memory and the human brain, Dr. Small makes frequent stops along the way to highlight some of mental illnesses’ most interesting manifestations. In his new book <i>The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head,</i> Dr. Small introduces us to true-life patients who suffer from a variety of illnesses including mysterious hysterical blindness, shrinking penises, and frightening psychotic desires. Are there lessons for the rest of us in these unusual case histories?

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