Dancing at the River's Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness / Edition 3by Alida Brill, Michael D. Lockshin
Pub. Date: 01/01/2009
Publisher: Schaffner Press, Inc.
An invaluable resource for medical professionals, victims of chronic illnesses, and their loved ones, this dual memoir by a doctor and his longtime patient traces the growth of their unique friendship over a span of decades. By exploring the bond between caregiver and sufferer, this sensitive account evokes not only the constant day-to-day frustrations and… See more details below
An invaluable resource for medical professionals, victims of chronic illnesses, and their loved ones, this dual memoir by a doctor and his longtime patient traces the growth of their unique friendship over a span of decades. By exploring the bond between caregiver and sufferer, this sensitive account evokes not only the constant day-to-day frustrations and emotional toll suffered by the chronically ill, but also an understanding of the mental struggles and conflicts that a conscientious doctor must face in deciding how best to treat a patient without compromising personal freedoms. In alternating chapters, the narrative explores the frustration, joy, despair, grief, and pain on both sides of the doctor-patient relationship.
- Schaffner Press, Inc.
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- Edition description:
- Third Edition, Third edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Table of Contents
I. Measures of Time and Metaphor,
II. Two Journeys Begin,
III. An Unstable Life,
IV. Facing the Abyss,
V. Spring Returns,
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Alida Brill¿s Book Review 2/16/09
Dancing at the River¿s Edge: A patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness.
This book teaches one of Life¿s most important lessons: to listen with an open mind and caring heart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Many people are unaware how hard it is to live with a disease, or live with someone with a disease that has no cure. I was one of those. My mother was diagnosed with lupus 30 years ago and is still fighting today. Although I have been with her every step of the way, it is still difficult to understand unless you are in their shoes. This book lets you peek into the mind of a person who has a cureless disease. She doesn't glitter it up, rather she drags you through the trenches with her and lets you in to the secret hell in which the patient sometimes resides. The doctors viewpoint along with the patients allows you to see the conversation and how each perspective is. I highly reccomend all patients with an incurable disease read this and send a copy to their doctors because more ofthen than not, they have no idea what you are going through.
As a woman who has struggled with several autoimmune diseases throughout my life, I was eager to see a book about another woman and her story. I was more intrigued by the physician's prospective than the patient's. It was somewhat of a disappointment learning that they are friends as well as doctor/patient. I was left wanting more...there really is no end to the story. However, it was a relief and a satisfaction that others have essentially played out my life, and can unstand what it's like to live with pain and uncertainty.