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Working Weekends At A Psych ER

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Working Weekends At A Psych ER

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Dr. Julie Holland ran the weekend shift at Bellevue's psychiatric emergency room for nine years. In her new memoir Weekends at Bellevue, Holland describes the patients she encountered — from the manic to the criminally insane — and the reasons she eventually left the job. More information.

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In 1994, Julie Holland received the Outstanding Resident Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her work at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Jessica Hills Photography hide caption

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In 1994, Julie Holland received the Outstanding Resident Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her work at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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For nine years, psychiatrist Julie Holland ran the psychiatric emergency room at Bellevue Hospital in New York City on Saturday and Sunday nights. Along with treating patients, she served as liaison to the medical ER and the toxicology department.

Holland says one of the hardest parts of her job was figuring out which patients were manic or schizophrenic and which were high on cocaine or methamphetamines. An expert on street drugs, Holland spent her college years researching and writing Ecstasy: The Complete Guide. Her new memoir is called Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the psych ER.

Holland is an assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, and runs a private practice in New York City.

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