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The author had just finished medical school when a dangerous brain condition put her in the hospital, where she found she was excluded from crucial decisions about her own care--despite her medical training. When she recovered, she made a commitment to practice a more compassionate style of medicine.
"A narrative of remarkable vividness, sobriety, clarity, and balance."—Oliver Sacks
"I do not say this lightly. This book should be read by everyone in medicine: students, residents, physicians, and insurers."—Daniel D. Federman, Harvard Medical School
"Jody Heymann affirms the power of stories, when written as beautifully as these, to instruct and to move. At the same time, Equal Partners speaks directly and clearly to a debate previously conducted in a jargon that is blessedly absent from this fine book."—Ethan Canin
"Equal Partners is a narrative of remarkable vividness, sobriety, clarity, and balance. Jody Heymann has plumbed patienthood to its depths, and has reentered medicine as a deep listener to patients and their needs, and as an advocate for a medicine which does not infantilize but recognizes individuality and autonomy, and makes patients equal partners with their physicians."—Oliver Sacks