When Doctors Become Patients
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When Doctors Become Patients

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For many doctors, their role as powerful healer precludes thoughts of ever getting sick themselves. When they do, it initiates a profound shift of awareness - not only in their sense of their selves, which is invariably bound up with the 'invincible doctor' role, but in the way that they view their patients and the doctor-patient relationship. While some books have been written from first-person perspectives on doctors who get sick, never has there been a systematic, integrated look at what the experience is like for doctors who get sick, and what it can teach us about our current health care system and more broadly, the experience of becoming ill. The psychiatrist Robert Klitzman here weaves together gripping first-person accounts of the experience of doctors who fall ill and see the other side of the coin, as a patient. The accounts reveal how dramatic this transformation can be - a spiritual journey for some, a radical change of identity for others, and for some a new way of looking at the risks and benefits of treatment options. For most however it forever changes the way they treat their own patients. These questions are important not just on a human interest level, but for what they teach us about medicine today. While medical technology advances, the health care system itself has become more complex and frustrating, and physician-patient trust is at an all-time low. The experiences offered here are unique resource that point the way to a more humane future.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195327675
  • 9780195327670
  • 563,492

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This is one of the best books written on the role reversal that occurs when physicians become ill. It opens readers' eyes to the vulnerability and human nature of physicians. Anyone in heathcare will be moved and benefit immensely from this book. The author is a compassionate and well-read clinician of both psychiatry and of the human spirit. This is one of the best books of the year. * Doody's Notes *show more

Table of contents

PART I: BECOMING A PATIENT; PART II: BEING A DOCTOR AFTER BEING A PATIENT; PART III: INTERACTING WITH THEIR PATIENTSshow more

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