Equal Partners: A Physician's Call for a New Spirit of Medicine / Edition 1

Equal Partners: A Physician's Call for a New Spirit of Medicine / Edition 1

by Jody Heymann
     
 

One week after graduating with honors from Harvard Medical School, Jody Heymann woke up in an emergency room with no memory of how she got there, and, within hours, was turned from physician into patient. The experiences she recounts in her book taught her more about the practice of medicine in America than all her years of schooling. Her deeply disturbing conclusion:… See more details below

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One week after graduating with honors from Harvard Medical School, Jody Heymann woke up in an emergency room with no memory of how she got there, and, within hours, was turned from physician into patient. The experiences she recounts in her book taught her more about the practice of medicine in America than all her years of schooling. Her deeply disturbing conclusion: Patients all too often occupy the bottom rung of the ladder, with their legs tied to prevent them from climbing. Equal Partners tells the story of the seizure that led to Heymann's hospitalization and chronicles the year and a half that followed during which she was both doctor and patient. As a patient she received treatment that ranged from candid and compassionate to evasive and inhumane. What was supposed to be a brief, simple, and safe operation to remove a lesion in her brain became a ten-hour ordeal with inconclusive results, thus necessitating yet another round of brain surgery. The obstacles she faced along her hard road to recovery only strengthened her determination to regain the active, meaningful life she once knew - as a wife, mother, and physician working in the United States and in developing countries. Heymann's experiences as a patient convinced her to work toward a new, more compassionate spirit of medicine - one in which physicians and patients are equal partners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316359931
Publisher:
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.91(d)

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