Book Review, Books, Brooklyn Zoo, Darcy Lockman, healthcare, journalism, Kings County Hospital, mental illness, psychiatry, pyschotherapy
Please note! “Radically” changing the format (style?) of my book reviews to keep them short(er) and (hopefully) more useful. Rather than spending time trying to sound “smart” (and failing – ha ha)…welcome to the new squirrel-style review…..
- 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. What about her fiance? How are they handling their very different clinical experiences?
- Competent writing — boring content. I give it two acorns…..
Love this review. Not sure I would have made it through the entire book.
squirrel circus said:
Thanks! Although I never read other reviews before I do mine, I was glad to see that I wasn’t the only one who had the opinion that I did. 🙂
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