The Patient in the White Coat: My Odyssey from Health to Illness and Back by Rosalind Kaplan, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Patient in the White Coat: My Odyssey from Health to Illness and Back

The Patient in the White Coat: My Odyssey from Health to Illness and Back

by Rosalind Kaplan
     
 

Rosalind Kaplan had it all- loving husband, newborn son, and an Ivy-League medical degree with a promising career ahead. That was, until the day when an accidental stick with an infected needle changed everything. In one day, Rosalind Kaplan went from doctor-poised, confident, and in control, to patient-isolated, unsure, and terrified. At the time, Hepatitis C was

Overview

Rosalind Kaplan had it all- loving husband, newborn son, and an Ivy-League medical degree with a promising career ahead. That was, until the day when an accidental stick with an infected needle changed everything. In one day, Rosalind Kaplan went from doctor-poised, confident, and in control, to patient-isolated, unsure, and terrified. At the time, Hepatitis C was incurable and rife with stigma, and the last thing Dr. Kaplan expected to be dealing with. She enrolled as a subject in medical studies on the disease, pushed herself through long days at work, and struggled to keep her relationship with her family and friends exactly as it once was. Her courage and determination paid off, but only with the painful realization that even the strongest individuals must sometimes accept the support of family, friends, and doctors. Now, Dr. Kaplan shares her unique perspective on the fascinating world of medicine.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When her life as a doctor, wife, and mother was interrupted by a surprising diagnosis of Hepatitis C, Kaplan began her odyssey. Still at the beginning of her medical career, she suddenly had to deal with a doctor who told her she "might" live to see her son's high school graduation. She tried experimental drugs that left her feeling awful. She experienced relapses twice before a third treatment finally cured her. In plain, sometimes clumsy language, Kaplan describes what will be to many a familiar story: waiting. Waiting for an appointment, the doctor, test results, or new treatments to become available. She also relates signing consent forms describing the many horrible side effects that might happen and which may or may not have been explained. In her experience Kaplan was surprised to find that "those closest to me - often because of their caring itself - backed away when I needed them most." Her story is engaging and honest; patients will relate, and physicians or students who haven't run the gauntlet of the medical system may learn what it's like to be on the other side of the stethoscope. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607146940
Publisher:
Kaplan Publishing
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind Kaplan, M.D., earned her B.A. at Brandeis University (1982) and her M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1987).  She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.  She also completed a clinical fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Association.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Kaplan is a regular speaker at support group meetings for sufferers of Hepatitis C.  In addition, she is the facilitator of physician support groups based on a program called Finding Meaning in Medicine. She was listed as one of the top doctors for women in Philadelphia Magazine.

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