The Human Side Of Medicine / Edition 1

The Human Side Of Medicine / Edition 1

by Laurence Savett
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
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The Human Side Of Medicine / Edition 1

At a time of great change in the technology and delivery of medical care, the timelessness and permanence of the non-technical aspects of medicine—the human side—are of profound value to patients and physicians alike. With more than 30 years of medical practice, teaching, advising, and mentoring medical students and undergraduates, Savett champions two premises: first, that the importance of physicians mastering the human side of medicine is as critical as learning its biology and technology; and second, that this can be taught. Attending to the human side refines diagnosis and treatment by recognizing the uniqueness of each patient's experience, and it enriches the experience for all those in the caring professions. Physicians who have always put their patients' interests first and never compromised their professional values have preserved their identity, vitality, and enthusiasm as caring doctors. This is a book about what keeps the practice of medicine stimulating: not fascinating cases, but fascinating people and relationships, the best reasons to enter medicine.

Learning the human side of medicine, asserts Savett, will help attract talented and compassionate people to the field. Full of stories and lessons, The Human Side of Medicine is important reading for those considering a career in medicine and related professions, those already practicing—and patients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865693197
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 682,368
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining the Human Side of Medicine and Identifying the Audience

What It's Like to Be a Patient

Medical Care Starts with the Patients' Story

Learning from End-of-Life Stories


Learning from Patients' Experiences

Learning from Students' Experiences

Learning about Uncertainty

Learning How Patients Handle Illness

What It's Like to Be a Physician

A Day in the Life of a Physician

The Medical History

Diagnosis: How Physicians Reason

Treatment and Prognosis

Medicine Is a Collaborative Profession


Language and Communication

What Can Go Wrong

The Physician as Professional

Values and Dealing with Change

Becoming a Physician: The Evolution of a Career

The Doctor-Patient Relationship

The Qualities of the Doctor-Patient Relationship

What Can Go Wrong with the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Addressing Some of the Myths about the Doctor-Patient Relationship

The Humanism of Medicine: Bringing It All Together

Another Look at a Day in the Life of a Physician

Teaching the Human Side of Medicine

Summing Up

Fashioning the Best System of Medical Care Possible: What Would Be Ideal for the Patient, What Would Be Ideal for the Physician

Epilogue and My Personal Journey

Appendix: Outline of the "Seminar in the Human Side of Medicine" Course at Macalester College



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