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The Caring Physician: The Life of Dr. Francis W. Peabody
     

The Caring Physician: The Life of Dr. Francis W. Peabody

by Oglesby Paul
 

Francis W. Peabody entered medical school in 1903 and almost at once was recognized as an extraordinary human being. After a varied and exciting indoctrination in his profession, including responsibility for children ill with the dreaded poliomyelitis, an extensive medical trip to China, and an unintended role in the start of the Bolshevik Russian Revolution, he

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Francis W. Peabody entered medical school in 1903 and almost at once was recognized as an extraordinary human being. After a varied and exciting indoctrination in his profession, including responsibility for children ill with the dreaded poliomyelitis, an extensive medical trip to China, and an unintended role in the start of the Bolshevik Russian Revolution, he became the enormously successful chief of a new Harvard unit at the Boston City Hospital. The expectations for a long productive life were snuffed out by cancer six years later when he was only 45. Gifted in many spheres and possessed of great courage, his especial compassion and wisdom in patient care have made Francis Peabody's short life an inspiring legend for all time, an essential message for anyone who practices medicine, and an uplifting experience for any patient.

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Joseph E. Murray
In a sensitively written biography, Dr. Paul brings to life Dr. Francis Peabody, a model physician whose guiding force was the care of the patient through understanding and love. This now legendary physician was active in the beginnings of three major medical institutions--the Rockefeller Hospital, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and the Thorndike Memorial Lahoratory of the Boston City Hospital. A clinical scientist, an authority on typhoid fever and poliomyelitis, active in the China Medical Commission, he was also an eyewitness to Lenin's Revolution in November 1917. His contemporaries described him as a beloved teacher "with an inner symmetry of intelligence and heart". Stricken with metastatic disease at age 44, he possessed his soul in peace, free of out ward worry and anxiety, and with a reconciliation of biological and spiritual values. During the final weeks of his life, and despite the gravity of his condition, he wrote of his reactions to the injections of morphine, and of his concept of the roles of research, education, and patient care in a modern medical setting. This book, like Peabody's life, is an inspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674097384
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Series:
Boston Medical Library in the Countway Library of Medicine Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.96(d)

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In a sensitively written biography, Dr. Paul brings to life Dr. Francis Peabody, a model physician whose guiding force was the care of the patient through understanding and love. This now legendary physician was active in the beginnings of three major medical institutions--the Rockefeller Hospital, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and the Thorndike Memorial Lahoratory of the Boston City Hospital. A clinical scientist, an authority on typhoid fever and poliomyelitis, active in the China Medical Commission, he was also an eyewitness to Lenin's Revolution in November 1917. His contemporaries described him as a beloved teacher "with an inner symmetry of intelligence and heart". Stricken with metastatic disease at age 44, he possessed his soul in peace, free of out ward worry and anxiety, and with a reconciliation of biological and spiritual values. During the final weeks of his life, and despite the gravity of his condition, he wrote of his reactions to the injections of morphine, and of his concept of the roles of research, education, and patient care in a modern medical setting. This book, like Peabody's life, is an inspiration.
Joseph E. Murray
In a sensitively written biography, Dr. Paul brings to life Dr. Francis Peabody, a model physician whose guiding force was the care of the patient through understanding and love. This now legendary physician was active in the beginnings of three major medical institutions--the Rockefeller Hospital, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and the Thorndike Memorial Lahoratory of the Boston City Hospital. A clinical scientist, an authority on typhoid fever and poliomyelitis, active in the China Medical Commission, he was also an eyewitness to Lenin's Revolution in November 1917. His contemporaries described him as a beloved teacher "with an inner symmetry of intelligence and heart". Stricken with metastatic disease at age 44, he possessed his soul in peace, free of out ward worry and anxiety, and with a reconciliation of biological and spiritual values. During the final weeks of his life, and despite the gravity of his condition, he wrote of his reactions to the injections of morphine, and of his concept of the roles of research, education, and patient care in a modern medical setting. This book, like Peabody's life, is an inspiration.
Joseph E. Murray, Nobel laureate in medicine 1991

Meet the Author

Oglesby Paul, a native of Philadelphia, is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Medical School. His three years of service in the U.S. Naval Medical Corps Reserve in World War II were followed by training in cardiology in Boston at the Massachusetts General Hospital under the eminent Paul Dudley White. He then pursued an active career of practice, teaching, research, and administration in Chicago, both at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center and at the Northwestern Medical School. He lectured and wrote extensively, and among other activities served as head of the American Heart Association and the Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease, and as chairman of a large long-term study of coronary heart disease supported by the National Institutes of Health. Since 1977, he has been a professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and a senior physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In 1986, he published Take Heart. The Life and Prescription for Living of Paul Dudley White.

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