"I don't just read Pulse, I adore it." --Donald Berwick MD
Many healers, teachers and parents have them.
At one point, I did, too. I had delusions. I thought I was a hero, a rescuer clad in a shiny white coat and wielding the sword of clinical wisdom.
I look back on those days with nostalgia and regret. I wish they'd lasted a little longer--my belief in my own medical grandeur and invincibility.
My most memorable patient changed that for me.
I remember how her mother, Gigi, first brought Serenity to see me when she was a newborn. Gigi was fifteen; I was annoyed. Too much work for a pediatrician to make sure all the education gets through--after all, she was still a pediatric patient herself.
Adam B. Weiner
The word came unbidden into my head.
Oh, no. Here I was, only a few questions into Mr. Marlow's medical history, and the feeling had begun already.
I'd often experienced this when I was a pre-med student, spending so much time on labs and textbooks instead of with patients. When I'd begun my first year as a medical student, I'd hoped to leave all that behind. Medical school felt energizing: I was ready to see real patients and start helping them!
a treasury of compelling stories and poems.
Includes The Resilient Heart , Babel: The Voices of a Medical Trauma and Confessions of a Seventy-Five-Year-Old Drug Addict. Foreword by Maureen Bisognano, President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
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