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What Doctors Feel by Danielle Ofri

What Doctors Feel

What Doctors Feel by Danielle Ofri
May 06, 2014 | 232 Pages
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“Taut, vivid prose. . . . She writes for a lay audience with a practiced hand.” —New York Times

“Here is a book that is at once sad and joyful, frightening and thought-provoking.  In her lucid and passionate explanations of the important role that emotions play in the practice of medicine and in healing and health, Danielle Ofri tells stories of great importance to both doctors and patients.” —Perri Klass, author of Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor

“An invaluable guide for doctors and patients on how to ‘recognize and navigate the emotional subtexts’ of the doctor-patient relationship.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Yet her insightful and invigorating book makes the case that it’s better for patients if a physician’s emotional compass-needle points in a positive direction.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Rich and deeply insightful. . . . A fascinating journey into the heart and mind of a physician struggling to do the best for her patients while navigating an imperfect health care system.” —Boston Globe

“With grace, courage, humility, and compassion, Bellevue Hospital physician Ofri  gives voice and color to the heartbreak, stress, and joy that attends medical practice.” —Library Journal

“A fabulous read.” —Greater Good

“Dr. Ofri’s book is essential reading in Medical Humanities.  She traces her own experiences with patients from all backgrounds, and uses clinical vignettes to confess her own feelings–disgust, fear, shame, gratitude, joy. She weaves together personal anecdotes and medical learning in a compelling account of her medical decisions and reflections. Highly recommended.”—Sara van den Berg, Professor of English and Medical Humanities, Saint Louis University

“I have been a family physician for almost 50 years, and despite all those years of medicine, I was in tears about half the time while I read What Doctors Feel. I have recommended that every AHMA member read it.”—Bill Manahan, Executive Director at Minnesota Holistic Medicine Group

“Dr. Ofri’s anecdotal writing style makes this book a perfect accompaniment for the academic setting. Her real-life experiences can be incorporated into a variety of health science curricula bringing course theory together with practical application. As a result, her readers critical gain insight regarding why applying theory in the practice of medicine requires empathy for the physicians and proactive cooperation amongst colleagues.”—Christine Whittrock, Associate Professor of Instruction in Regulatory Affairs, Temple University

“I describe patients to my students and ask them to role play either the doctor or the patient. I see a difference in their responses after they have read What Doctors Feel. They are more studied in their answers. Part of medical education now is not only core competencies from a factual standpoint but also a social standpoint. Dr. Ofri has a way of communicating those lessons in a clear a cogent and very personal fashion.”—Beth Dollinger M.D. Arnot Ogden Medical Center

What Doctors Feel is the perfect book for my research and teaching on the subject of lack of empathy in medical school students.”—James Asa Shield, Jr., MD, Professor, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University

“I certainly know your work—in fact, not only do I have copies of each of your books, but I often use your writing in my teaching at UNM medical school. I teach communication skills, ethics/professionalism, narrative medicine, and wellness, all under my role as Director of Physician and Student Wellness at the School of Medicine. I think the piece of yours I last used was ‘When Doctors Listen’ from the New York Times, and I just assigned What Doctors Feel in a course related to the Healer’s Art curriculum.”
—Liz Lawrence, MD, FACP, Director, Physician and Student Wellness, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UNM School of Medicine

Table Of Contents

Intoduction: Why Doctors Act That Way

Chapter 1: The Doctor Can’t See You Now
Julia, part one 
Chapter 2: We Build a Better Doctor?
Julia, part two
Chapter 3: Scared Witless
Julia, part three
Chapter 4: A Daily Dose of Death
Julia, part four
Chapter 5: Burning with Shame
Julia, part five
Chapter 6: Drowning
Julia, part six
Chapter 7: Under the Microscope 
Julia, part seven


From the Hardcover edition.

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