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Preview — Weekends at Bellevue by Julie Holland
Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych E.R.
Julie Holland thought she knew what crazy was. Then she came to Bellevue. For nine eventful years, Dr. Holland was the weekend physician in charge of the psychiatric emergency room at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital. In this absorbing memoir, Holland recounts stories from her vast case files that are alternately terrifying, tragically comic, and profou...more
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
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
"Just who do you think I am?!?"
"Who do you think you are?"
"God, of course!"
"How does that make you feel?"
"Are you happy with that answer?"
"Yes. No! Stop this, Julie! Stand, and give an account of your life."
"Shouldn't you already know everything? Besides, a lot of it is in my book, Weekends at Bellevue- the patients, the internal conflict, co-worker relationships and power struggles, details about sexual activities during residenc...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
The author shares her almost decade long experience working at the Bellevue Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program (CPEP), which is the...more
The author was the psychiatrist in charge of the psych ER at Belleview, the most notorious mental hospital in NYC, every weekend for nine years. Her job was basically just to assess the patients as they came in and determine if they were a danger to themselves or others. Then she would either send them...more
Something along the lines of Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives: Tales of Life and Death from the ER, with vivid descriptions of psychiatric emergency room life and fascinating stories
Some education about the processes in the psychiatric emergency room, such as how interviews are conducted and decisions made
Experiences I could relate to, especially as a budding psychologist
An author I could relate to, espe...more
Mental illness and erotic adventures go hand in hand, no?
Psychiatrist Julie Holland takes us into the weekends Bellevue for a peek at the madness. While there are plenty of stories about the demented (and simply drunk and disorderly) that come into the hospital, there are plenty of stories about Dr. Holland as well.
She starts off by saying, "I am smart -- more than that, a smart ass". First of all when you're writing a book, the story is supposed to tell who you are. Second, who describes themselves that way??...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
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
Julie Holland's tales of her work as a psychiatric ER doc are funny, heartbreaking, puzzling, even touching at times. But the patients are only a backdrop to Holland's own life story--this is a medical memoir with more emphasis on the memoir than the medical. Coming into the profession with a self-professed testosterone-fuel...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
I'm always interested in books about psychiatric issues and this is the first memoir I've read written by a psychiatrist. She had me hooked when she referenced the old Barney Miller show saying,"Take him to Bellevue." She has a very witty, wry sense of humor and seems like someone I would like to kno...more
Julie is candid, while also seemingly doing a self report on her own issues, as she delves into the hearts and minds of those...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
What I appreciated most regarding Dr. Holland's memoir is how painstakingly honest she is about how this demanding job affected her as an individual. Her recollections of 9/11 and interactions w...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