The relationship between physician and patient isn't what it used to be. Such is the premise of Weisse's (medicine, emeritus, New Jersey Medical Sch.; Heart to Heart: The Twentieth Century Battle Against Cardiac Disease, An Oral History) new book. Weisse illuminates the changes that have occurred over the last 50 years in the level of trust and openness shared by physicians and their patients. Through a series of vignettes, he hopes to inspire a renewed understanding, respect, and, consequently, an improved relationship between the two. Some stories tell of physicians whose patients surprised, exasperated, or uplifted them. Others highlight the personal attributes of physicians or patients who saw others through their struggles with illness. While the stories are touching, there is no satisfying sense upon finishing the book that one has gathered what the author hoped to impart. A summary or final notes chapter might have been helpful. However, the book, which draws on Weisse's own experience being diagnosed with testicular cancer as a young man, is nicely crafted and stimulating. Recommended for public and consumer health libraries.-Beth Hill, Univ. of Idaho Lib., Moscow Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.