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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Book Opening Book Five Set Two

Can you believe this is the halfway book? Woot! We're rip roaring!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Technically Difficult

So yeah, I don't have a camera right now. I left it at my belle mère's (MIL) and it's a long drive to retrieve it so I haven't and that leaves me without book opening media. However, I may get there by this afternoon and therefore might have a video up by tonight. Because I'm soooooooooo excited to get another book open!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Weekends at Bellevue Discussion

Weekends at Bellevue

by Julie Holland, M.D.

genre: memoir

Meet Dr. Holland. Witty, smart, compassionate, full of gumption and somewhat abrasive. From med school to her tenure at the infamous Bellevue Hospital in New York, we are given a peeping tom's seat into her world. For many of the us, the population of those that crossed the line into the mentally ill spaces of life are somewhat distant and separated from our own lives. These are the people that either wander the streets talking to their own invisible companions or spend their lives in hospitals where we are shielded from their reality. But here we get a sense of how imminent mental breakdown is in all of us, a fact which the author fixates on quite a bit. We also get to see the afflicted from the medical point of view and even a little from the police who deal with them.

I was surprised to learn how much bravado gets thrown around as a tool for protection. Knowing it happened didn't compare to really understanding how much it affects the people in these fields. In some cases, it went to the point of scary. I spend much of my life in the happy bubble of thought that those employed to protect and aid us (police, doctors) are altruistic humans with only our good in mind. I know of course how naive that is. But seeing just how human those people are caused a bubble burst of larger proportion than I expected. As for the author, I liked her and I didn't. I appreciated how honest she is. I thought that her dealings with her coworkers seemed borderline pathetic and childish. Then again, I've been out of the workplace long enough to gloss over just how ridiculous work politics are. Oh, the stalker guy part was creepy wasn't it? And her chapter on the summer of residency sex was fun.

In all, I'd say this book has a little of everything: fun, enlightening facts, a bit of the scary and overall some damn good voyeurism from a safe distance. Could you ask for more?