Book Review: A Surgeon’s Life With Bipolar Disorder

John A. Emery, M.D.

Editor’s Note:

A Surgeon’s Life with Bipolar Disorder is a memoir of a successful Urologist who delves into the experience of living with bipolar disorder and serving in Vietnam as a Naval doctor attached to the Marine Corps. In this book the author, John Emery, M.D.  reflects on important historical moments, addresses the stigma associated with mental illness, and recalls stories from his medical career.

Emery was diagnosed at the age of 39 with bipolar disorder so the reader will view bipolar disorder through the eyes of both a patient and a medical doctor. Emery’s mental health diagnosis and personal medical expertise help him to discuss how the media often misrepresents bipolar disorder which has the potential to harm all aspects of the lives of those who have this disease. With the writing of this book, Emery hopes to remove the stigma associated with bipolar disorder and also set the record straight about the people who have this disease.  This book is an example of how one person tied to deal with bipolar disorder…..Carol

A Surgeon’s Life with Bipolar Disorder, John Emery, M.D. ISBN: 978-1-9845-1061-7 Hardback, ISBN: 978-1-9845-3989-2 Paperback, 978-1-9845-3992-2 ebook.  Available through Xlibris, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon

About the author: John Emery, M.D. has practiced urology in Southern California for more than 30 years. Dr. Emery attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a football and private academic scholarship and went on to attend the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He interned at Los Angeles County Hospital, served as a Navy doctor with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and completed his urology residency at the University of Oregon Medical School Hospital. Dr. Emery is also the author of U.S. Medical Care and Related Factors in the Vietnam War. He currently resides in Merced, California.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master's of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen - two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie - two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia - and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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  1. Dealing with manic patients was the most stressful job in Mental Health. The best was a top car salesman; his manager said, “Please don’t give him too much of that stuff, (Li Carbonate) I need him to be up!” Give me a room full of Schizophrenics anyday. Coffee and cigarettes, a nice walk outside and some Cribbage or Domino’s made the day.

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