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JNMA (Journal of the National Medical Association)In the 1980s, a professor of English teaching narrative writing and English literature at Duke University wrote and published one of the more compelling personal stories of human suffering and recovery from cancer pain. The book was most acclaimed as a detailed and articulate window into medical practice, but from the perspective of a patient. The book, across a couple of decades and publishing companies, remains an essential read for patients struggling with chronic illness to include pain. It highlights the emotional and physical struggles as well as the long process of recovery associated with disease.
In Rise and Shine, Simon Lewis writes about his 15-year medical journey and a remarkable physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery secondary to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) that came very close to ending his life. Due to significant amnesia following the MVA, the beginning of Lewis' story is told from the combined accounts of others. He then describes his experiences associated with coma.
...we began our review with the recognition that the majority of individuals who suffer a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), should they survive, are likely to struggle during their recovery. Survivorship is often synonymous with sustained, long-term, and of persistent areas of debilitation in the domains of cognition, emotionality, and physical functioning. The writing is personal and artfully simplified to readability across a range of patient experiences and education levels. The book also remains an excellent teaching tool in the training of young physicians who treat patients' pain while acknowledging and then addressing their suffering as different and distinct.
Lewis indicates on several occasions that his intention for writing the book was to provide hope and inspiration to other TBI victims and families, even against all odds.
The more-senior reviewer saw the book as having its greatest utility as essential reading for health care administrators and medical directors that guide and influence frontline care.
The junior reviewer went back into her practice with an acute awareness of how important her role is in patient care, especially in finding proper and timely referrals for her patients.
...With all of these criticisms acknowledged, both reviewers were convinced that there are audiences who will benefit from this story. (Vol. 102, No. 9, September 2010)