Death of the Good Doctor: Lessons from the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic [NOOK Book]

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Kate Scannell abandoned her academic career in 1985 expecting to enter an ordinary medical practice in Northern California. Instead, the thirty-two-year-old physician found herself assigned to a county hospital AIDS ward where much of the medicine she had studied over many difficult years was rendered irrelevant. DEATH OF THE GOOD DOCTOR richly chronicles the intimacy of Scannell’s relationships with her patients—through whom the vast complexities of the epidemic are uniquely focused. Working with AIDS patients, ...
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Death of the Good Doctor: Lessons from the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic

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Overview

Kate Scannell abandoned her academic career in 1985 expecting to enter an ordinary medical practice in Northern California. Instead, the thirty-two-year-old physician found herself assigned to a county hospital AIDS ward where much of the medicine she had studied over many difficult years was rendered irrelevant. DEATH OF THE GOOD DOCTOR richly chronicles the intimacy of Scannell’s relationships with her patients—through whom the vast complexities of the epidemic are uniquely focused. Working with AIDS patients, nearly all of whom are dying, Scannell discovers the inadequacy of the “good doctor” who battles illness to keep patients alive notwithstanding their suffering. Scannell writes not only as a physician but as a woman who entered medical school having never seen a woman doctor and who, at midlife, now faces her own cancer. It is through these beautiful, often difficult, and sometimes humorous portraits that the woman and the physician discover each other.
DEATH OF THE GOOD DOCTOR was originally published as a paperback in 1999 (Cleis Press).
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Editorial Reviews

Book Jacket - Gloria Steinem
Kate Scannell is the rare doctor who has been transformed by her patients. In this irresistible, informative, and enormously moving book, she tells not only her own story, but theirs.
Minneapolis-Star tribune - Robert Armstrong
When Kate Scannell began work with AIDS patients in 1985, her idea of a good doctor was one who saved lives, not lost them, one who used state-of-the-art technological intervention to battle disease no matter what the cost. Now, in an enormously moving, thoughtful and compassionate memoir, she recounts how she discarded her traditional medical training and learned how to rely on her own sensibilities...
Book Jacket - Abraham Verghese
This haunting memoir is an important addition to the canon of AIDS literature. Scannell writes beautifully and with an insight that escapes most physicians.
Northen California Independent Book Sellers - Pat Holt
This is one of the most startling and beautifully written books I've ever read from a doctor...
Lambda Book Report - Thom Nickels
Most of the essays in this book transcend even the best of "Oprahs T.V. Book Moments."
Thom Nickels
Most of the essays n this book transcend even the best of "Oprahs T.V. Book Moments."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013732438
  • Publisher: Sadie's Best Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 920,821
  • File size: 326 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Scannell served as the clinical director of AIDS programs for an East Bay county hospital in California from 1985 to 1990. She currently practices medicine in Northern California where she also writes for several regional newspapers. In 2010 she published the novel “Flood Stage.”
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    A beautifully written, reflective memoir.

    This is one of the finest books I've read about the practice of medicine.

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