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Dancing at the River's Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Classic Book on living with Chronic Illness

    Alida Brill¿s Book Review 2/16/09<BR/><BR/>Dancing at the River¿s Edge: A patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness.<BR/><BR/>This book teaches one of Life¿s most important lessons: to listen with an open mind and caring heart. <BR/><BR/>Alida Brill, patient, enduring courageously with a life-long chronic illness, and Dr. Michael Lockshin, her sympathetic and caring physician trade chapters as they struggle to understand Alida¿s lifelong autoimmune disease.<BR/><BR/>Both Alida and Dr. Lockshin touch each other with their ardent search for care (but never ¿cure¿) for this mysterious medical problem. Both are dauntless and daring as they explore and build their long term relationship as patient/doctor and, in time, as close friends. I found the book touching and warm-hearted, brave and heroic and an important book that should be read by all.<BR/><BR/>As readers, we must hope that writing the book was also therapy for Alida to put it all down on paper, to edit, rewrite and fine tune her thoughts and insights. Their engaging dialogue should be an assigned ¿must read¿ book for every medical professional.<BR/><BR/>I couldn¿t help but admire Alida¿s intrepid courage in trying to understand and heal herself, to deeply enjoy the sweet periods of remission and, like the ¿Man from La Mancha¿ to dream the impossible dream.<BR/><BR/>If this wonderful touching book isn¿t discovered and doesn¿t jump to the top-10 in non-fiction, then somebody is sleeping in book review circles!

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