The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head

  • by Gary Small, Gigi Vorgan
  • Narrated by Marc Cashman
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

True stories are more bizarre than any fiction, and Dr. Gary Small knows this best. After 30 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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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, to understand how interesting psychology is. And to prove that intuitions don;t work in psychology, and diagnosis and therapy can be very tricky.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Small, who always takes the criticism on chin.

What three words best describe Marc Cashman’s voice?

clear, pleasant, not-monotonous.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

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- Mohanish

So interesting, great stories.

If you could sum up The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head in three words, what would they be?

A great compilation of patient stories and the thoughts of the doctor as he grew from a young man "faking" it to a seasoned professional. You move along with him on his journey and you can come out the other side, at least a little better of a person than you started as.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Michelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio