Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine

Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine

by Danielle Ofri
     
 

In Singular Intimacies, which the New England Journal of Medicine said captured the'essence of becoming and being a doctor,' Danielle Ofri led us into the hectic, constantly challenging world of big-city medicine. In Incidental Findings, she's finished her training and is learning through practice to become a more rounded healer. The book opens

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In Singular Intimacies, which the New England Journal of Medicine said captured the'essence of becoming and being a doctor,' Danielle Ofri led us into the hectic, constantly challenging world of big-city medicine. In Incidental Findings, she's finished her training and is learning through practice to become a more rounded healer. The book opens with a dramatic tale of the tables being turned on Dr. Ofri: She's had to shed the precious white coat and credentials she worked so hard to earn and enter her own hospital as a patient. She experiences the real'slight prick and pressure' of a long needle as well as the very real sense of invasion and panic that routinely visits her patients.

These fifteen intertwined tales include 'Living Will,' where Dr. Ofri treats a man who has lost the will to live, and she too comes dangerously close to concluding that he has nothing to live for;'Common Ground,' in which a patient's difficult decision to have an abortion highlights the vulnerabilities of doctor and patient alike;'Acne,' where she is confronted by a patient whose physical and emotional abuse she can't possibly heal, so she must settle on treating the one thing she can, the least of her patient's problems; and finally a stunning concluding chapter,'Tools of the Trade,' where Dr. Ofri's touch is the last in a woman's long life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807072677
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
04/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
963,950
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of Singular Intimacies, is an attending physician at Bellevue and the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review. She is currently a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Prologue : incidental findings1
1Living will11
2Common ground25
3Acne38
4A day in the clinic41
5The journey60
6Torment68
7Vision75
8Terminal thoughts94
9In her own key108
10SAT132
11Tendrils141
12Missing the final act152
13Emigration157
14Tools of the trade170

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