The stories that Dr. Gary Small discusses in this book range in scope that for some readers will find very unusual. This book is good for students who plan, or are thinking about, on going into psychiatry because the author does a good job of showing how he breaks down each patients habits and issues into categories that have their own way of dealing with the problem. Once you are able to understand what those symptoms are you are able to follow what kind of treatment is best. Many of the cases that he runs into require a great deal of education in order to diagnosis the patient correctly, otherwise you could easily put a label on the person that is wrong which can lead to more problems. This is evident in many of the cases that he puts on display in this book.
The stories are very easy and enjoyable to read. It is like sitting down with a friend and listening to a simple story. The level of jargon is low and easy to understand. This is a book I would recommend to any student going into psychology who wants to practice with cases like these. Although this does give a good idea of what therapists and psychiatrists deal with now and then it should be noted that note all cases are as bizarre or fun to work with (Mountain Heir case) and most cases deal with single personal problems or marriage disputes, that, for most professionals, makes for another day at the office.
Even if your not into psychology or just want to find out just how weird some people are, you will enjoy reading this book. Its great for a late night read before bed or out at the park or a saturday afternoon.