Weekends at Bellevue by Julie Holland

Weekends at Bellevue

By Julie Holland

  • Publication Date: 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 44 Ratings)

Book Synopsis


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 profoundly moving: the serial killer, the naked man barking like a dog in Times Square, the schizophrenic begging for an injection of club soda to quiet the voices in his head, the subway conductor who watched a young woman pushed into the path of his train. 

Writing with uncommon candor, Holland supplies not only a page-turner with all the fast-paced immediacy of a TV medical drama but also a fascinating glimpse into the inner lives of doctors who struggle to maintain perspective in a world where sanity is in the eye of the beholder.

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Latest User Reviews

  • Hugely educational for anyone touched by mental illness

    By Emily Jane Finigan
    Easy, entertaining but predominantly enlightening & educational read, that sheds great light on depression & mental illness from a medical standpoint but conveyed in lay speech.
  • Great Read

    By amy52668
    Fascinating and heart-wrenching at the same time. You'll think twice about turning your nose up at that homeless person on the street.
  • Loved It

    By Jmacdeezy
    I disagree with anyone who gave this book less than 4 stars. The author is not arrogant, nor mean spirited, she is only trying to deal with the insanity and try to remain in a position in which to detach from her patients and desensitize herself from the madness so that she does not become delusional herself. She faces such heartbreak and sadness every time she is on the job that she somehow has to rationalize it in her own mind and she uses her wit and dark humor in order to cope. This was a wonderful insight into the lives of those invalid in the psychiatric system and I personally could not put it down!
  • Weekends at Bellevue

    By Juanita Joven
    The lady doctor is not a nice person - in so many ways. Her book is mostly about her and has too few case studies of her patients. I got tired of the arrogant doctor. She is mean spirited.