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Overview

This book examines the lives of twenty-seven physicians - twenty-one men and six women - who have combined the desire to heal with other pursuits such as art, writing, music, politics, and collecting. Their testimonies illustrate the personal gratification and inspiration that can be gained from integrating medicine with another passionately engaging activity.. "Doctors Afield includes a wide array of individuals, from the toymaker A. C. Gilbert and the writer Gertrude Stein to a wine grower, an astronaut, a coin collector, a cabaret singer, and a minister.

Examines the lives of 27 physicians who have combined the desire to heal with other pursuits such as art, music, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Medical Association
The authors, who prepared this book under the auspices of Yale's Program for Humanities in Medicine, write that their "intent was to provide a book that would let the everyday practitioner understand that he or she has stories to tell, roads to walk, pictures to paint, tunes to play—and that there is life outside, even after, medicine." In displaying the creative energies of physicians, they have succeeded at their goal magnificently.
Kirkus Reviews
"Our intention was to provide a book that would let the everyday practitioner understand that he or she has stories to tell, roads to walk, pictures to paint, tunes to play; and that there is life outside, even after, medicine."—From the Preface


"A sense of adventure and exploration leads doctors afield into realms that complement or supplant their calling in medicine, and we are the richer for these strayings. Doctors Afield splendidly documents thee myriad journeys."—Thomas P. Duffy, M.D., from the Foreword


"These vignettes belie the commonplace notion that medical practice desiccates the soul and shrivels the imagination. Instead, they reveal how medical life and the creative imagination nourish each other."—E.D. Pellegrino, M.D., Georgetown University


"In sports, they call it cross-training; in medicine it can rightly be called cross-enriching: putting together a life of medicine and another pursuit—music, art, politics, or poetry. The sketches in this book are themselves enriching, showing us the possibilities for living a fuller, even more creative life."—Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300080209
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Visual Arts
Why I Paint 2
Making the Scene 8
Life through the Lens 14
Letting Colors Dance 27
In the Mind's Eye 33
From Bone to Stone 42
2 Music
In the Key of Sea 54
The Singing Endocrinologist 61
Medicine of the Tuba 67
Jazzdoc 75
Self-Confidence under Siege 80
3 Literature
A Prescription for Poetry 88
Getting Famous 98
Carlo Levi: An Antifascist Physician 106
Gertrude Stein: Gertrude Stein and the Ctenophore 116
4 Astronautics
The Sky's No Limit 130
5 The Spiritual Life
A Ministry of Healing 144
Looking for the Red Line 157
Priest in the Prison 166
6 Government and University
Backpacking to the Capital 174
A Doctor in the House 180
Nils Oker-Blom: Carving a Niche, in Cells and Bronze 189
7 Collecting
Afield with Old Maps 196
Mingling Medicine and Medals 205
8 Fun and Games
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way... 216
A. C. Gilbert: Tycoon of Toys 223
Contributors 231
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