Robert Klitzman

Being Positive: The Lives of Men and Women with HIV

"An unforgettable picture of what extremity looks like...intense."
--Clifford Geertz, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton


"Arresting work...should be widely read by practitioners, researchers, and policymakers."
--Arthur Kleinman, M.D., Harvard Medical School


"I know of no higher praise than to name a book necessary. Being Positive is that and more.
--Fenton Johnson, author of Geography of the Heart


"These are compelling stories...reminds us that we have so much to learn about life and death."
--Abraham Verghese, M.D., author of My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story


"What distinguishes this series of narratives from others is the observation and reflection on...experiences of those…represented in the book."
--Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy

Selected works

Non-fiction book
"This is a detailed first look at a critical aspect of U.S. medicine that may not mesmerize causal readers, but should prove indispensable for reform." - Publishers Weekly
Non-fiction
Fresh from medical school, Robert Klitzman began his residency in psychiatry with excitement and a sense of mission. But he was not prepared for what he found inside the city psychiatric center where he was to spend three grueling years. In truth, as Dr. Klitzman's absorbing account of his apprenticeship reveals, he never ceased to be surprised--by his patients, by the senior psychiatrists' conflicting advice on how to help them, and by the unpredictable results of the therapies, both psychoanalytic and biologic, that he and his fellow residents practiced. Nights in the emergency room, professional controversy, the minefield of hospital politics, the stress of his own therapy--everything is here, in a passionate and illuminating analysis of a doctor's struggle against tremendous odds to banish his patients' demons. [AN] INSIGHTFUL MEMOIR . . . RECOMMENDED." --Library Journal
Nonfiction
"[Klitzman's] sensitive, humanist approach converts information into knowledge."
--Andrew Solomon, author of Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
"Klitzman's work is an important contribution to physical training and patient care. The wisdom shared in When Doctors Become Patients holds potential to make all physicians better caregivers."--JAMA
"...a book for anyone desiring to move forward in the fight against the illness, not the people."
--Erica Prigg, Health Communication
New York Times article
Op-Ed essay on the death of Osama Bin Laden
Memoir
".. a briskly engaging and informative work."
--Publishers Weekly
"There are extraordinary moments...[The book] describe[s] the tension between the endless stress and the fantastic learning curve of his Year-long Night.
--Washington Post