The Midnight Meal and Other Essays About Doctors, Patients, and Medicine / Edition 2

The Midnight Meal and Other Essays About Doctors, Patients, and Medicine / Edition 2

by Jerome Lowenstein
     
 

In this expanded edition, an accomplished physician and teacher of medicine discusses the importance of being a caring doctor, especially now that the focus of medicine is increasingly on technological innovation and health care costs.

With wisdom and compassion, Dr. Jerome Lowenstein tells stories about relationships between medical students and their teachers,

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Overview

In this expanded edition, an accomplished physician and teacher of medicine discusses the importance of being a caring doctor, especially now that the focus of medicine is increasingly on technological innovation and health care costs.

With wisdom and compassion, Dr. Jerome Lowenstein tells stories about relationships between medical students and their teachers, physicians and their patients. He reflects on what doctors learn from treating chronic illness; how they respond to patients' needs for reassurance; how they bear the burden of treating patients with life-threatening or degenerative disease; whether the distinction between traditional and "alternative" medical treatment is ultimately beneficial or destructive; and many other issues. Dr. Lowenstein's ruminations on humanistic approaches to learning and practicing medicine will be treasured by physicians, medical students, and patients alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472030842
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
04/07/2005
Series:
Conversations in Medicine and Society Series
Edition description:
New and expanded edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
The midnight meal1
The biomolecular revolution3
Can you teach compassion?12
Coughs, clouds, and ice20
Treating chronic illness23
Patients as teachers30
Reassurance and the warning on the label35
Defending the common cold40
Asymmetry44
On drawing blood52
The vital signs56
The dummy and the standardized patient60
Holding the blood gas report65
The narrative instinct69
The weight of shared lives : truth telling and family caregiving76
AIDS83
A marriage without divorce87
Shaky evidence90
A critical incident97
The homeless man on morning rounds100
Numbers, numbers104
Alternative medicine108
Bellevue hospital113
Where have all the giants gone? : reconciling medical education and the traditions of patient care with limitations on resident work hours120

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