The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside

The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside

by Sherwin B. Nuland
     
 

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From one of America's most renowned and beloved doctors, and best-selling winner of the National Book Award, comes a remarkable book that brings together the stories of doctors collected over 30 years. Each of these tales, filled with grace and wisdom, explores the mysteries and conundrums of modern medicine. Enhanced by Sherwin Nuland's keen insight into the

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From one of America's most renowned and beloved doctors, and best-selling winner of the National Book Award, comes a remarkable book that brings together the stories of doctors collected over 30 years. Each of these tales, filled with grace and wisdom, explores the mysteries and conundrums of modern medicine. Enhanced by Sherwin Nuland's keen insight into the special relationship between doctor and patient, these engrossing stories illustrate the judgment, wisdom, and character of veteran doctors who have mastered the art of care-giving. Taken together, the lessons learned from The Soul of Medicine are as moving and profound as they are timeless.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

National Book Award-winner Nuland (How We Die ) turns over his latest collection to the stories of more than a dozen specialists describing their most memorable patients. What is extraordinary about Nuland's compilation is not the medical heroics but the instances of fallibility and vulnerability that prove the doctor is not just human but caring. A bronchoscopist tells of a famed thoracic surgeon who botches a procedure to recover a small cap a child has swallowed "Well, chappies," he chirped, "here's my chance to demonstrate the procedure again. Rather like a double feature at the cinema, yes?" When that, too, fails, the frustrated surgeon must do major surgery to rectify what should have been a 10-minute fix. Even the scoundrel who gets a nurse fired rather than be caught in his own impropriety shows a recognizable humanity in his hilarious retelling of barging into a procedure unwashed and unwanted, and being chased from the premises by a mad-as-hell surgeon. Nuland adds his own commentary after many of the stories, but it's just window dressing. Here's medicine as it's actually practiced-by humans awed by the privilege of both their practice and patients. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

Drawing on his long career in medicine and especially on the reminiscences colleagues have shared with him over the years, Nuland (How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter) offers a series of brief essays recounting some of those stories. He has chosen to call these essays tales and, to disguise the identities of the people telling them, places them all in the fictional Canterbury hospital and university. He writes the essays in the first-person voice of the doctor who is telling the tale and offers a chapter of commentary following some of the tales. The stories are from practitioners in a variety of specialties and deal with patients, colleagues, and mentors. Ranging from fascinating and illuminating to fairly mundane, they offer insights into how physicians think, how medicine has changed, and medical and ethical dilemmas. The result is not as engaging as most of Nuland's earlier work, but his popularity should create a demand. Recommended for all public libraries.
—Dick Maxwell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607140559
Publisher:
Kaplan Publishing
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sherwin B. Nuland is Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine and a Fellow at Yale's Institute for Social and Policy Studies. He is the author of over ten books, including the National Book Award-winning, HOW WE DIE: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, an inquiry into the causes and modes of death that spent 34 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. In addition he is a contributor to leading publications including the New Yorker, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books.

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