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In a House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming a Psychiatrist

by Robert Klitzman

Fresh from medical school, Robert Klitzman began his residency in psychiatry with excitement and a sense of mission. But he was not prepared for what he found inside the city psychiatric center where he was to spend three grueling years. In truth, as Dr. Klitzman's absorbing account of his apprenticeship reveals, he never ceased to be surprised--by his patients, by the senior psychiatrists' conflicting advice on how to help them, and by the unpredictable results of the therapies, both psychoanalytic and biologic, that he and his fellow residents practiced. Nights in the emergency room, professional controversy, the minefield of hospital politics, the stress of his own therapy--everything is here, in a passionate and illuminating analysis of a doctor's struggle against tremendous odds to banish his patients' demons.

The Trembling Mountain: A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals, and Mad Cow Disease

by Robert Klitzman

The author was 21 years old when he was invited by a Nobel Prize- winning scientist at the National Institutes of Health to study the disease kuru in Papua New Guinea. His narrative, a combination medical mystery, travelogue, and personal coming-of-age story, takes readers into primordial rain forests to meet a Stone Age people whose practice of ritual cannibalism spread the disease among over half the population. What he discovered provided keys to understanding Mad Cow disease, which may become the world's next major epidemic. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc. , Portland, Or.

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