Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Yipping Tiger and Other Tales from the Neuropsychiatric Clinic by Perminder Sachdevh
A collection of case studies (of a sort) from a neuropsychiatry clinic. The stories aren't really case studies in a classic sense; they rather use a case as a launching point to the exploration of possible cause and significance of the disease in question. The approach is very impersonal, and it is likely that most of the "cases" are composites or completely made up patients. The thoughts about etiology and pathophysiology of different disorders were interesting, and there were a few things I wasn't aware of. As the stories very so detached from the real people, the book wasn't as captive as those written by Oliver Sacks. The most interesting story might have been “A Chesty Problem” about a fairly unusual manifestation of obsessive compulsive disorder. However, this isn’t a book I would see myself rereading or even recommending for someone as there are better books with a similar theme. Not something I am going to leave to my library.