Routine Miracles: Personal Journeys of Patients and Doctors Discovering the Powers of Modern Medicine [NOOK Book]

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“This book covers medical advances that would once have been called miracles but have now become routine. The patients’ stories within this book yield hope, optimism, and triumph. This is the best time ever to come out of medical school and training.  This fact will inspire and uplift everyone in the medical profession as well as all of us who must, at some point, rely on the art of medicine to see us through.” —Conrad Fischer, MDWhat has ruined today’s medical students’ interest in devoting their lives to ...
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Routine Miracles: Personal Journeys of Patients and Doctors Discovering the Powers of Modern Medicine

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Overview

“This book covers medical advances that would once have been called miracles but have now become routine. The patients’ stories within this book yield hope, optimism, and triumph. This is the best time ever to come out of medical school and training.  This fact will inspire and uplift everyone in the medical profession as well as all of us who must, at some point, rely on the art of medicine to see us through.” —Conrad Fischer, MDWhat has ruined today’s medical students’ interest in devoting their lives to finding cures for the most rampant diseases riddling our population? How can young doctors not be energized and excited by modern breakthroughs? Why are they not inspired by the ability of current AIDS drugs to increase life expectancy by twenty-five years?In Routine Miracles, award-winning internist and medical educator Conrad Fischer investigates the disconnect between medical advances and the rise of physician dissatisfaction. Fischer surveyed more than 3,000 physicians and interviewed hundreds of patients to uncover the seeds of doctors’ discontent. Based upon his findings, he offers a deeply personal and compelling call to action for all of us, doctor and patient alike, to celebrate the present and the future of medicine.
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Have medical students today lost their zeal to find life-saving cures? That is the provocative question behind Dr. Conrad Fischer's Routine Miracles, a medical book with implications for readers far beyond the field. To find the answers, the award-winning medical educator surveyed more than 3,000 physicians and interviewed hundreds of patients. The widespread discontent that he discovered among doctors might surprise you, but the book never lapses into a grim jeremiad.
Publishers Weekly

Fischer injects both passion and verve to this account of medical breakthroughs. "I am a physician writing a book on hope," says Fischer, who works at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center's Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He's also urging doctors to better communicate the impressive list of routine miracles the profession regularly performs: minimally invasive spinal surgery on pain-wracked patients that gets them on their feet immediately afterward; tiny catheters that reverse a stroke; drugs that lower the mortality rate of congestive heart failure; laser procedures that cure deafness; advances in pain management and targeted cancer therapies, to name just a few. Fischer also shows how a doctor's empathy-even when it has to be learned-is the real glue between physician and patient. "Most patients I approached about this project readily agreed to be interviewed, and many seemed hungry to be heard, to have the ear of a doctor who at least was deeply interested in the emotional aspect of their illness," he notes. That's a miracle that should always be routine.(Sept.)

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Library Journal
Fischer (associate chief of medicine, SUNY Downstate Sch. of Medicine) is probably best known for the Fischer method of preparation for the internal medical board exams, which entails learning the medical decision-making process by discerning the best and most accurate tests to recommend for patients. Here, Fischer wants to help laypeople develop a partnership with their physician and to encourage medical students to engage in the profession. Each chapter describes via vignettes how the lives of patients who are living with or have had treatment for fairly common problems such as leukemia have been immeasurably improved by modern technology and modern doctoring. There are no major adverse effects reported by the patients or their physicians. Fischer is excellent at demystifying complex information and simplifying terminology, without making it simplistic. VERDICT Though frank about his early years, Fisher has not written a memoir; the reconstructed dialog with experts in their fields is often entertaining. A breezily written book with broad consumer health appeal. (Appendix and in-context references not seen.)—Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston
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"Fischer injects both passion and verve to this account of medical breakthroughs." —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607143857
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 844,198
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Conrad Fischer is an infectious diseases specialist and a prolific teacher of medicine; he has published twelve books for the medical community. He is also an influential medical advocate; he was instrumental in the construction and passage of legislation, which led to the near eradication of pediatric AIDS in the United States. He was formerly the Associate Chief of Medicine for Educational and Academic Activities at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine. He has been Chairman of Medicine for Kaplan Medical since 1999, and has held Residency Program Director positions at both Maimonides Medical Center and Flushing Hospital in New York City. He lives in New York City with his two boys.
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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    not compelling and a poor read

    Here, let me save you some money:

    1-Yes, all the medical advances that you keep hearing about are true!
    2-Don't forget as a doctor to be interested in your patient's welfare.

    DONE! now you know what's in the book, save your money to spend on something actually useful! This book is a meandering road leading no where and is not actionable in any way!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2009

    it's about time

    This book is long overdue. The way that medicine has been over-dramatized in the media makes the reality seem mundane. But that's nowhere near as damaging to the profession as the bureaucratic mess that has mired patient care in with insurance battles and malpractice fears. With all that physicians have to contend with, it is a breath of fresh air to read how many doctors are still working with the same ideals that they set out with, to really help people who are sick, and to learn that they actually are making a difference in people's lives. Fischer's book reaffirms that medicine remains the most rewarding profession and that the best rewards are still out there, waiting to be discovered. Every current or aspiring physician should read Fischer's book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    Save your money!!

    This book mentions about a few cases and the "medical miracles" associated with each. Over all a very sloppy work and no index. The book mentions about interviewing 3000 physicians. Wonder if even 300 were interviewed.Invest in something better.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    This Book Reconfirmed my Faith in Medicine

    Did you know the most common cure of Blindness can be cured!

    Did you know that we can stop a Stroke from happening RIGHT NOW!

    As a physician and recent graduate from medical school, I found this book to be amazing. Going through the medical education system now a days, causes students to feel jaded and tired. I was one such student, but no longer since I finished Routine Miracles.

    Dr. Fischer's exploration of heroism, deliverance of hope, and the battle against cynicism is truly long overdue. I can honestly say that I feel more energy to go into the hospital each morning. Through the unique and heart warming stories in the book I have learned a great deal about the field of medicine, and feel rejuvenated about being an MD.

    I hope this book will inspire doctors to rededicate themselves to the art and science of healing bodies and souls. I hope it will help doctors both notice and veteran to find why they went into the discipline and in an Osler-ian spirit "satisify their soul".

    I would venture so far as to say this book must be mandated for all medical students.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

    Engaging, innovative and informative

    The book "Routine Miracles" has dramatic stories of people's lives saved by modern medical advancements in almost unfathomable ways. As we read the book we realize that most of them are ordinary people like us who have medical illnesses which make them lead lives of loneliness and despair. The book offers a glimpse into the author's thought process and how he tries to enlighten the minds of young medical students and doctors with the very basic principles of compassion and sensibility. Some of the events the author describes in this book are surprising showing what modern medicine can do today. The author delivers a wonderful preview of an ongoing revolution in medical advancements that used to be considered as challenges in olden days. "Routine Miracles" lays bare the moral question at the heart of our troubled healthcare system, analyzing the misleading discourse fueling the healthcare debate. The author emphasizes in the simplest way that there are physicians who still consider medical profession as a noble and compassionate means to relieve human suffering.

    One fourth of this book sounds autobiographical. Personal experiences of his early life touch the mind and are inspirational. The author shows the reader how absolutely honest he is about his early life and exposes his idiosyncrasies, quirks, and his beliefs to anyone who cares to read. The author also dwells into his personal struggles and the mundane aspects of our lives.

    Written in simple, understandable English with an innate sense of humor and honesty, this book is perfect for physicians and lay men alike. The author takes an extra effort to explain the medical terminologies to anyone who reads it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Unrepentant boundless optimism

    Dr. Fischer counters the cynicism young doctors face during their training with inspirational stories of lifesaving advances in modern medicine that were unthinkable just a quarter-century ago. His conversational tone and accounts of his own personal experiences make these now routine miracles easy to understand, even for the casual reader.

    All of us will wind up in a hospital at some point in our lives, depending on medical professionals to care for ourselves or our loved ones. When the time comes for me, I hope that my doctor shares Dr. Fischer's hope, thoughtfulness, and pride in his work.

    In an era of sorely needed healthcare reforms in the U.S., I hope this book will inspire doctors to rededicate themselves to the art and science of healing bodies and souls.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    This book is like Red Bull for the soul

    I would recommend this book to anybody, but specially to people in the medical field that feel burned out and have forgotten the passion for medicine. I love Dr. Fischer's enthusiasm and positivity. The stories he tells in this book are truly inspiring and they feel like a breath of fresh air.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    A must read

    This book is a must read, and this is why:
    At first I thought that it is another doctor talking about how great they are, for you to later find out that they work for an interest group and/or they are trying to promote their own idiosyncratic medical procedure or treatment. Well Guess what? This book is totally different. This book is about hope. It is about the patients who struggled for so many years but they never gave up. It is about these hero doctors, who they made it their goal, their own anxiety, their own purpose in life,to heal, treat,comfort and inspire others, especially their patients. I really enjoyed reading this book, it is inspiring and helped me have a little more faith in medicine, especially today with the debate on health care system, one side tells you that nothing is wrong all is perfect and the other side is saying we need to revolutionize the system we need to change everything about it. Well Dr.Fischer takes us to a place that is beyond the politics. It basically pushes the idea that while waiting for the system to be fixed, the doctors will continue to fight the diseases and will find cures for what yesterday (10-20 years ago) used to be considered impossible. And the patients are called to hope and not despair. One person said that the book is not actionable, well I disagree, the book asks us to write letters to our representatives and to pressure them to write bills that calls for more money in medical research,and bills that decrease the cost of medical education, which will encourage smart people to join this field and this way we will have more cures and less suffering.

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