Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych E.R.
Staying with this book through the first half is difficult because the author is so unlikable. She is much more interested in...more
The stories of patients in the ER were often interesting, but I was consistently bothered by how politically incorrect Holland was in her writing. In regards to mental illness, she commonly used the words "crazy" (a highly stigmatized word) and "insane" (which is not even a word used in psychology, it is used in...more
Of course, with any personal narrative you have to allow for some self-indulgence, but the author was supposed to be writing about her job, not her personal life. I thought Dr. Holland would focus more on the patients she encountered, rather th...more
This is a quick and easy read, it is interesting and informative. I don't always like her, I don't always agree with everything she says; but she commands respect and some of the things that she said are things that I will think about in my own life. As the parent of a child newly on a psych med the book came to me at an appropri...more
"so, you just sit there in judgment of me. you think you can decide who is crazy and who isn't," he says.
"medical illness has an endpoint: death. psychosis is...more
I majored in psychology and really wanted to like this book. I’ve read other memoirs about “becoming a doctor” and was expecting interesting insights and some colorful and entertaining “patient profiles” (altered to protect identities, of course). But this memoir isn’t about Bellevue and the many patients who come there. It’s about Holland.
I cannot remember when I’ve read a memoir that is more self-centered....more
There isn't much at all about the patients in this work, because as the author says, to her they are transitory, peripheral. Since it lacks that connection, it has to hold its own on the weight of a connection with the author. And quite bluntly, she's un...more
From the mid-1990s through the early 2000s, Dr. Holland worked weekends at Bellevue hospital, a large public hospital in New York City. Although sometimes thought of as only a mental hospital, Bellevue actually cares for both mental and physical ailments. As most of her work hours were concentrated during two 15 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, she had most of the week free to do other things. During this time she got married, established a private practice, and had two children. After the s...more
this is a woman that loves to push pills. don't get me wrong, i am certainly not against psychopharmocology. but three days a week in private practice, dr. holland has 20-30 minute sessions where she convinces people to go on psychiatric meds, and then lets them go. she is dismissive of psychoth...more
Don't get me wrong - it's a page tur...more
I now never want to go see the doctor again.
Yes, I knew doctors were fallible, but like this? The stories she tells (and which are clearly only sidebars related to the main tale) of the sneakiness, anger and most disturbing of all, the pride of these men and women that keep them from providing decent care to patients-- I just didn't want to know this. I want to know that my doctors are well-trained, alert to my problems, willing to listen to me, and not so dang heavy wit...more
This book began with such promise. I was intrigued with Dr. Holland after hearing her on some news show on NPR and decided to give it a go.
While the title, Weekends at Bellvue, and the introductory pages imply case studies of the cases there and lessons learned, I quickly got the feeling that this was more a memoir about Dr. Holland herself and generally her transformation from an eager, curious student, into a narcissistic, self-absorbed doctor who is more interested (despite her protestation...more
Dr. Holland did a good job explaining life in the ward, and the sprinkling of Beatles lyrics added a personal touch that many writers scrub out of their books. Additionally, I don't...more
Holland's memoir is about both her experiences as a psychiatrist at Bellevue's psych ER and her experiences in life and therapy. I must admit that the bits about Holland's life were completely uninteresting to me. I found her neither engaging nor sympathetic. Ho...more
Dr. Julie Holland is a board-certified psychiatrist in New York City. From 1996 to 2005, Dr. Holland ran the psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights. A liaison to the hospital's medical emergency room and toxicology department, she is considered an expert on street drugs and...more