With The Measure of Our Days, Dr. Jerome Groopman established himself as an eloquent new voice in the literature of medicine. In these eight moving portraits, he offers us a compelling look at what is to be learned when life itself can no longer be taken for granted.
These stories are diverse--from Kirk, an aggressive venture capitalist determined to play the odds with controversial chemotherapy treatments; to Elizabeth, an imperious dowager humbled by a rare blood disease; to Elliott, who triumphs over leukemia and creates for himself a definition of success--but each, in the words of Maggie Scarf, "transmute the misery of terrible suffering into a marvelous celebration of the sweetness of human life." Far from medical case studies, these are spiritual journeys of questioning and self-awareness, embarked on by the physician as well as the patient.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.05(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.66(d)|
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I knew of Dr. Groopman from his occaisonal medical column in the New Yorker. I am a physician but my appeal in reading his column was that he wrote with deep humanity, making medical problems accessible to the layman. Measure of our Days makes even better reading than the New Yorker columns. The book describes in detail how he serves not only as as physician for his patients, but also as friend, psychologist, negotiator. He incorporates his own life experience, having lost his father suddenly at age 55, his religious knowledge, and his deep humanism into his work, in many cases treating his patients as he would his own family. My only question is: How does he have enough time for family, clinical work, research, and writing???
Groopman brings the reader on a journey in which life-threatening illness becomes the nexus between the sometimes conflicting realms of science and spirituality. I appreciated the author's unapologetic reflections based on his own moral framework and how he has combined these with a mostly open, non-sectarian appreciation of others'. This book will enrich thoughtful people of all religious persuasions.