Weekends at Bellevue

Version: Unabridged
Author: Julie Holland
Narrator: Julie Holland
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: October 2009
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 53 minutes
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His name was Joshua Silver. He was twenty three years old, educated, and had an impressive vocabulary. The NYPD had found Joshua Silver naked in Times Square, barking like a dog.

It was just another night for Julie Holland, the attending doctor in the world famous Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric emergency room. Every weekend for nine years, it was Holland's job to evaluate and treat all patients admitted, from the schizophrenic to the bipolar to the traumatized, from the homicidal to the suicidal to victims of unthinkable crimes.

In this absorbing memoir, Holland provides a rare behind-the scenes glimpse into her life-altering experience at Bellevue, recounting stories of the patients who moved, terrified, fascinated, and amused her, the patients who helped her grow in ways she never imagined. Along the way, she documents her life outside the hospital-her relationship with her husband and the births of their children, her own therapy sessions which helped her finally crack through the tough exterior she had formed, and her close bond with her best friend and mentor, Lucy, a fellow doctor whose battle with cancer left Holland forever changed.

With extraordinarily rare candor and an unrelenting sense of humor, Julie Holland presents a page-turner of a memoir that combines the medical insider's perspective of HOW DOCTORS THINK with the fast-paced immediacy of "ER"-sure to fascinate anyone interested in both the wonders and foibles of the human brain.

Reviews (4)

Written by Fco Alc on June 30th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 2/5

First chapter is outstanding and captivating. After the first chapter, the story starts to get boring and monotonous.


Written by Anonymous from Jersey City, NJ on October 5th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was a good listen. Character development was good and it sounds like it was very honest.


Written by michelle on October 3rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

okay, so now I want her job. I know,like she said, its just the highlights that she brought up, but all those accounts of patients and staff interactions sounds like it would blow the mundane days out of the water. well read, well thought out, really interesting accounts. Id like to thank the author for sharing!

essential listening for all americans, liberal and conservative

Written by SD from la Jolla, CA on December 30th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Until you hear his life story in his own words you really don't understand the man. Listen to "speaking my mind" in combination with this to get a sense of the trajectory of his career. "American Life" is read by Reagan himself, and he has a voice that plays well on radio (which is how he got started).

Author Details

Author Details

Holland, Julie

Julie Holland, M.D., is an Attending Psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital and is on the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine. A recognized expert on street drugs, Dr. Holland is the editor of Ecstasy: The Complete Guide, and has discussed the risks and benefits of MDMA in The Lancet, Harper's, and the Washington Post and has provided expert perspective on the drug for numerous television programs, including the MTV series True Life.