About From the Couch to the Jungle
This is the fascinating and informative professional autobiography of Dr. Thomas L. Chiu, a
Chinese-born American Psychiatrist who has been on a multicultural career odyssey for more
than four decades.
Working in every kind of locale from the jungles of Borneo to the borough of Brooklyn, he has
treated patient populations as diverse as Hasidic Jews and Ibans-and of nearly every age,
color, religion, and race-in care settings as wide ranging as Mobile Crisis Vans, Family Centers,
walk-up apartments, wood longhouses, urban streetcorners, and high-rise hospitals.
Dr. Chiu's unique, rich, and often harrowing experiences treating psychiatric patients, both alone
and in healthcare teams, makes for a captivating and instructive look at how a modern
psychiatrist practices his profession on multicultural patient populations in diverse settings.
Because Dr. Chiu writes in the first person, giving intimate accounts of his personal experiences,
his story brings to life the abstract concepts in textbooks about what it is like to practice
multicultural psychiatry in the modern age, and also what it means to be a mental health
professional in an era where the average professional can expect to have at least seven different
employers over a lifetime.
As a result, Dr. Chiu serves as a role model for modern practitioners, providing instruction and
inspiration on how to adapt to new and varied professional situations, settings, directives,
supervisors, coworkers, and patient populations.
Copyrightę 1998 by Thomas L. Chiu
All rights reserved.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 98-73213
Cover Design: Josh Garfield
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