Weekends At Bellevue: A Memoir

Weekends At Bellevue: A Memoir

by Julie Holland

A no-holds-barred account from the front lines of the psychiatric emergency room at America's oldest public hospital.
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Julie Holland’s memoir, from which these two chapters are excerpted, chronicles the days in the life of a psychiatrist working in the psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Admittedly cynical and at times unfeeling towards her patients in the beginning, Holland discovers this attitude helped her cope with the day-to-day chaos, and comes through the experience a very different person.
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Copyright © 2009 Julie Holland. Reprinted by Permission from Bantam Books.
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Julie HollandDr. Julie Holland is a board-certified psychiatrist in New York City. From 1996 to 2005, she ran the psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights. A liaison to the hospital's medical emergency room and toxicology department, she is considered an expert on street drugs and intoxication states, and lectures widely on this topic. She has been quoted as an authority on MDMA in magazine, newspaper and website articles. Dr. Holland runs a private psychiatry practice in Manhattan, and has appeared on numerous television shows. Order Weekends at Bellevue, or learn more about Julie Holland.
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