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A Life Is Changed

Throughout his life, Louis Panesi was verbally abused by his father and grandfather, who, cruelly, kicked him out of his own home and left him homeless and abandoned. As a result, Lou suffered from a bleeding back that no dermatologist could cure. Finally he was sent to Dr. Robert J. Shoemaker, a brilliant Freudian psychoanalyst.

This book is a first-hand account of Panesi's experience with the good doctor from 1975 to 1983.

Readers witness how psychotherapy and psychoanalysis transformed a homeless boy into a highly-skilled, respected airline pilot. Panesi holds nothing back and reveals sometimes shocking conversations with exacting detail.

This fast-paced work will keep you spellbound as Dr. Shoemaker teaches Panesi about life, success, love and sex.

Previously titled, "A Father's Abuse. . . A Doctor's Love."

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Reader Reviews

"Very Poignant!
A very touching personal story! . . . Would recommend to colleagues and students"

- William French, M.D.
Seattle Children's Hospital

"Your book moved me to tears. I'm giving your book a 5 star review. . . "

-Nathaniel Clark, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Psychiatric Hospital

"I write to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. . . recommending to students"

-O. Joseph Bienvenu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins University.

"I enjoyed the book very much – it certainly had some dramatic moments. . ."

-William Bernet, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

"121 University Place should be on the required reading list for students enrolled in psychology classes . . . "

Jill C. Eilenberger, LCSW, LMFT

"121 University Place is a must-read for therapists and mental health professionals. . ."

- Beth Barrineau Ward, LCSW

"If you read the first two pages of Lou’s book, you have to finish it. It is impossible to put down."


- Joey Martin, Radio Host, CIBU Radio, Toronto, Canada  (Interviewed Panesi in 2007.)

"A fascinating account of the psycho-therapeutic process told from the patient’s perspective…not for the squeamish or faint of heart"


- James E. Lee, M.D., Neuropsychiatrist

"What a book, I couldn’t put it down."

- Barbara Martinez, Charlotte, North Carolina

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