Patients and Doctors: Life-Changing Stories from Primary Care
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publish Date: 1999-08-15
How patients heal doctors
In Patients and Doctors, physicians from around the world share stories of the patients theyâll never forget, patients who have changed the way they practice medicine. Their thoughtful reflections on a variety of themesâfrom suffering to humor to deathâhelp us to understand the experience of doctoring, in all its ordinary and extraordinary aspects.
Â Â Â In settings as diverse as Slovenia and Sweden, Cambodia and New Jersey, we learn what makes the healer feel graced with insight or scarred with misadventure. In Washington State, we anguish with patient and doctor alike when a young resident removes a screw from a little boyâs foot; on the IsraeliâJordanian border, a woman goes into labor just as the air-raid sirens signal the beginning of the Gulf War. These compelling accounts remind us what is at stake in doctoring, reinforcing the value of stories in the teaching and practice of medicine: to calm, to validate, and to illuminate the human experience.
âThese stories illustrate humane physicians at their best.ââSharon Kaufman, author of The Healerâs Tale