The Cockroach Catcher
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A Child Psychiatrist's personal view of the human psyche and of the world at large. Cases range from simple childhood toilet and sleep problems to anorexia nervosa, abuse and psychosis and are seen through this specialist's eyes. There are also cases of “entrepreneurs” in the making, cases of family tragedy and cases that turn out not to be psychiatric at all. The material should be of interest to health care practitioners and the general public. Anybody can read The Cockroach Catcher. They do not have to be in the medical profession.
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Sep 14, 2009"The Coach Roach Catcher"" Horrah for the doctor. Chapter 1: The Seven Minute Cure. The doctor overcame the obstacles faced from the establishment and freed a young child from her prison. Great read.
Apr 18, 2009"Psychiatry, Anyone?" Although Zhang settled in the United Kingdom, and I in Canada, I can identify with much of his experience as a psychiatrist. This book helps to demystify mental illness and humanize the doctor-patient relationship. I am very impressed by Zhang's down to earth approach to problem solving. The secret to his success in therapy is the respect that he gives to his patients, their families and his colleagues. Just by listening to his patients and believing in their stories, Zhang is able to perform miracles, such as the "Seven Minute Cure" (Chapter 1), Ping Pong (Chapter 24), and "Bullying" (Chapter 23) Zhang has a special talent for engaging difficult patient in therapy, as exemplified in "Wrong Foot" (Chapter 12), "Hiccup Boy" (Chapter 13), "Failure" (Chapter 34), and "Yellow Card" (Chapter 46). As Zhang finds coercive treatment distasteful, such as force feeding an anorexic patient, he is good at... More > negotiating with patients so that they would voluntarily eat again to achieve their own individual goals. For instance, the patient in Chapter 34 started to eat again because she did not want to be "sectioned" (meaning certified under mental health laws) which would prevent her from going to the United States to pursue higher education. While most doctors are content with taking a medical history, Zhang would listen to his secretary and cleaning staff to learn about the milieu, thus gleaning useful information that can help his patients. It reminds me of Confucian humility. Confucius says: "When three men walk together, I have a teacher among them". As Western trained psychiatrists with Chinese heritage, Zhang and I are not confined to particular schools of thought. Neither of us has felt the compunction to subscribe to a particular theory, such as being Freudian, Jungian or a behaviorist. We aim to be "eclectic", that is, to use whatever that works. In 1970's, psychoanalysis dominated training institutions for psychiatrists in U.K. as well as in Canada. I can see in the book that while Zhang is educated in psychoanalysis, he is not bound by it in his practice. His creative and innovative approaches to clinical problems remind me of the now popular "C.B.T." (cognitive behavior therapy). Zhang laments the dawning of the age of red tape in psychiatry, which is the same all over the world. The emphasis on "guidelines", also known as "evidence based medicine", and artificial restraints on access to services, have changed the landscapes of our practice. If everyone practices cookie cutter type of medicine, where will we find new thinking and new treatments? This book is a "must read" for all professionals in the mental health field, and for all interested individuals. It is a kaleidoscope of life seen from the eyes of the therapist who genuinely cares about his patients as people. Zhang provides an in-depth understanding of the human condition. In my view, this book gives us a glimpse into the soul of psychiatry, into holistic medicine at its best. by Peter Chang "Time Traveller" (Toronto, ON Canada)< Less
Jan 8, 2009"Fascinating!" What a great read. Just reading the one chapter made me want to read the whole book. Thank you! Helen Yuet Ling Pang
Feb 13, 2008"From another psychiatrist" This ia a powerful biography of Dr. Zhang who started with nothing - a cockroach catcher with no money - to become a most successful consultant psychiatrist in the UK. The clinical cases described are most interesting and thought provoking. I learned a great deal from this book and recommend this to all patients and their therapists. Dr. Moses Wong
Jan 25, 2008"Preview Chapter" By popular request, I have restored Chapter 1 "Seven Minute Cure" as the preview chapter. Also, I now maintain The Cockroach Catcher Blog to complement the book. You are welcome to check it out. Thank you for your interest. Author
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- Standard Copyright License
- Bauhinia Press
- June 26, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.66 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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