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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Small Narrator: Marc Cashma Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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True stories are more bizarre than any fiction, and Dr. Gary Small knows this best. After thirty distinguished years of psychiatry and groundbreaking research on the human brain, Dr. Small has seen it all—now he is ready to open his office doors for the first time and tell all about the most mysterious, intriguing, and bizarre patients of his career.

The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head is a spellbinding record of the doctor'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 multimillion-dollar ski lodges of the nation's elite. In between, Dr. Small 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gary Small draws on thirty years of practice as a psychiatrist to compile these stories of human behavior at its most extreme. Each case is a mystery in miniature, requiring equal measures of detective work and healing skill.” 

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

  • The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head is filled with captivating and insightful stories revealing the inner lives of unusual patients the renowned Dr. Gary Small has treated through the course of his own development from student to world-class psychiatrist…I found it hard to put this treasure of a book down.” 

    Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author if Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

  • “Small’s stories cover the entire range of his more than 20-year career, from his fumbling attempts at looking professional with a client who is certain he’s trying to seduce her, to a recent encounter with a mentor who feels that his career has been a fraud. The stories are witty; the clients are treated respectfully, and the reader reaps the reward.”  


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

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marissa | 12/10/2012

    " Loved it! The author wrote this book very well & convoyed layman terms to those who aren't psychristic but are interested in the subject. The tales are very interesting to say the least. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marx | 2/28/2011

    " Easy to read and humorous. I read it in one evening. It makes you realize how complex the brain really is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brittany | 2/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, definitely an interesting read for anyone who finds psych interesting. I enjoyed reading the cases themselves and the author's insight on the patients issues and treatment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/31/2011

    " This book of case studies reads like a primer of psychiatric illnesses. Interesting and well-written with clear explanations of mental health issues. If only real life presented as well packaged. "

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