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Brooklyn Zoo by Darcy Lockman
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Jun 18, 2012

it was ok
Read in June, 2012

Lockman can write. She was a successful magazine journalist. That part she’s got covered. But, a psychotherapist?

She chose to do her intern year at Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital. WHY? Her fiance interns at prestigious Columbia-Presbyterian. I was forced to conclude that she’s either masochistic or not too bright or BOTH.

Her experience (as she tells it) is one depressing moment after another. Her supervisors are half-assed, the facilty is nasty (AND under federal investigation), the focus is NOT on therapy, and psychiatry trumps psychology every day.

Lockman over thinks EVERYTHING and UNDER-shares what would really be interesting. She thanks her parents for being “undisguised subjects in their daughter’s memoir” but barely touches on what she implies is a difficult relationship with her mother. She's been in therapy herself -- what has she learned? What about her fiance? How are they handling their very different clinical experiences? What happened to the patient's she met?

Competent writing — boring content.
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