From the Publisher: Dora Calott Wang is a Yale-trained psychiatrist who began her career as a doctor with great enthusiasm. But after less than a decade of her practicing medicine, that enthusiasm was shattered by the seismic shifts that shook the entire medical profession.

Once a cherished, even sacred, vocation, medicine has become a business driven by profit. What made medicine turn its back on its central tenets? In The Kitchen Shrink, Wang explores what happened, through the prism of her own research and experience. In these pages we watch as she struggles to maintain her professional standards as health care’s priorities shift away from the compassionate care of patients and, instead, toward improving the bottom line, and along the way we meet some of her patients, whose stories reveal an oft-ignored human side of our besieged system. As the medical landscape shifts beneath Wang, she confronts depression and exhaustion, and fights to find a balance between work and home, as it become ever clearer that she cannot untangle the uncertain futures of her patients from her own.

Part memoir and part rallying cry, The Kitchen Shrink is an unflinchingly honest, passionate, and humane inside look at the realities of free-market medicine in today’s America.

Wang About the Author: Dora Calott Wang, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, she received her M.A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been the recipient of a writer’s residency from the Lannan Foundation. Her memoir, The Kitchen Shrink:  A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Healing in a Changing World was published by Riverhead Books, The Penguin Group.

For more information, view Dora Wang’s Web site.
Mr Review: Many people will find the information in this book startling, but unfortunately, I know all too well, about the subject.  I vacillate between being mad at the insurance companies, legislators, pharmaceutical companies, and health care facilities and professionals. This is a situation of epic proportions!
Dr. Wang’s concern shouts loud and clear, and I truly believe that her book should be mandatory reading, for every employee of any and all health related services.
An incredible read for me.
Thanks to FSB for sending me a copy to read and review.


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  1. I doubt this book ever reaching our shores but its to be admired that someone actually sits down and factually spells it out.Good for the author and as you say should be mandatory reading for those in this sector.

  2. Interesting book and review, Libby …but best of all is your great looking new blog look…guess I hadn't been by in a while…love it!

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