Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring

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Discusses both the art and the science of medicine Presents fascinating people from throughout medicine's history Speaks to the heart and soul of the healing professions Clinicians—physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others—share the unique responsibility of patient care and the limitless fulfillment this calling can provide. The healing professions have an ancient and venerable tradition of service, honor, and humanism that is ...

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Overview

Discusses both the art and the science of medicine Presents fascinating people from throughout medicine's history Speaks to the heart and soul of the healing professions Clinicians—physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others—share the unique responsibility of patient care and the limitless fulfillment this calling can provide. The healing professions have an ancient and venerable tradition of service, honor, and humanism that is often communicated from teacher to student in anecdotes and bits of wisdom told quickly in passing. Gathering together this type of valuable information in one place, Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring, Second Edition, includes biographies of historical luminaries in medicine, tales from everyday practice, inspirational quotes and artwork, and advice for new and veteran healers alike. Discusses both the art and the science of medicine Presents fascinating people from throughout medicine's history Speaks to the heart and soul of the healing professions Clinicians—physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others—share the unique responsibility of patient care and the limitless fulfillment this calling can provide. The healing professions have an ancient and venerable tradition of service, honor, and humanism that is often communicated from teacher to student in anecdotes and bits of wisdom told quickly in passing. Gathering together this type of valuable information in one place, Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring, Second Edition, includes biographies of historical luminaries in medicine, tales from everyday practice, inspirational quotes and artwork, and advice for new and veteran healers alike.

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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This collection of stories, poetry, and philosophy on the art of medicine includes those of the ancients, the twentieth century, and the moderns. It is extraordinarily well written and in its second edition, the first published in 2009.
Purpose: As the title suggests, the book invites thought and reflection on how medicine evolved and where we should be looking for it to go. The stories are not just random musings, but are well chosen for defining the art of medicine caring for patients outside of the political and social agendas, just plainly caring for patients. Dr. Colgan has given us a valuable and unique guide.
Audience: This book is for every student and practitioner in medicine or nursing as well as all who wish to understand medicine. The author is a well-respected educator and clinician.
Features: Each of the sections on the various eras contains valuable stories from Hammurabi, Hippocrates, Rhazes, Maimonides, Nightingale, Osler, and many other, unsung clinicians. These are followed by advice and challenges to current clinicians on how to care for themselves while caring for others.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book, one which may be overlooked by many in the crush of everyday practice, but which will help many put the challenges and problems of the field of medicine into proper perspective.
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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This collection of stories, poetry, and philosophy on the art of medicine includes those of the ancients, the twentieth century, and the moderns. It is extraordinarily well written and in its second edition, the first published in 2009.
Purpose: As the title suggests, the book invites thought and reflection on how medicine evolved and where we should be looking for it to go. The stories are not just random musings, but are well chosen for defining the art of medicine caring for patients outside of the political and social agendas, just plainly caring for patients. Dr. Colgan has given us a valuable and unique guide.
Audience: This book is for every student and practitioner in medicine or nursing as well as all who wish to understand medicine. The author is a well-respected educator and clinician.
Features: Each of the sections on the various eras contains valuable stories from Hammurabi, Hippocrates, Rhazes, Maimonides, Nightingale, Osler, and many other, unsung clinicians. These are followed by advice and challenges to current clinicians on how to care for themselves while caring for others.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book, one which may be overlooked by many in the crush of everyday practice, but which will help many put the challenges and problems of the field of medicine into proper perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461451693
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 181
  • Sales rank: 564,928
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Colgan, MD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Ancient Times.- Chinese and Medieval Medicine.- The Twentieth Century,- Modern Masters.- Survival Tips for the Young Clinician.- Civility.- Lessons Learned from Private Practice.- A Doctor's Journal.- Heal thyself.- The Healer.

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