The Naked Lady Who Stood On Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories Of His Most Bizarre Cases

Gary Small, Gigi Vorgan

HarperCollins, 2010

Agent: Sandra Dijkstra

“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.


Los Angeles Times bestseller


"Psychiatrists, counselors, and the like are in a unique position. They are in possession of incredibly interesting stories, yet the constraints of confidentiality and ethical concerns make sharing them difficult. Balancing the maintenance of privacy with the urge to tell what are stories for, if not sharing, is a tricky matter. Small achieves that feat in this collection of his most bizarre cases. The stories are witty; the clients treated respectfully, and the reader reaps the reward."

"Small writes with empathy and humor about the complexity of human relationships, reflecting on his lifelong struggle to help his clients gain insight and surmount their problems. A highly personal but generally fascinating memoir spanning more than 30 years."
Kirkus Review