This was my favorite book this year and I read it over several times, looking up the few medical terms and using the wonderfully layman descriptions of aspects of psychiatry in my own psychology class in college.
Dr. Viscott does a very good job in relating many important issues in a psychiatric residency, and he does not lapse into complex, technical word frenzy. No. The author portrays himself as a sometimes goofy guy who thinks he's right most of the time--and who wouldn't? He relates his experiences in clearly described personal anecdotes and, true to the reviews, THE MAKING OF A PSYCHIATRIST does indeed read like a novel. It is a novel, of a medical doctor's residency as a psychiatry student.
After reading this book, I wanted to find his previous book, which is supposed to relate his time during medical school and internship. Should be good...if I can find it.
Anyway, this is a very interesting read. There IS a sense of the author's self-importance and "of course I knew better," but...well, he's only human. I would have liked to have him as my psychiatrist...
Anyway, the reader doesn't need a doctorate to understand what is going on, and the few bits of jargon are explained very well.