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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, Gigi Vorgan Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780062027542
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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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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.”  

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

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/17/2011

    " just skimmed through it... lost interest pretty quickly "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/14/2011

    " Clinical studies of some very odd patients. Still don't know how I feel about this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stargrave | 12/28/2010

    " The stories were interesting, but I found myself thinking where are the duds. And I feel abnormal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/23/2010

    " I loved this entertaining book about a psychiatrist's most unusual cases. Fun read. "

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About the Author

Dr. Gary Small is director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the university’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Named one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology by Scientific American, he appears frequently on Today, Good Morning America, CNN, and PBS. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Memory Bible. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Marc Cashman is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.