Office Upstairs: A Doctor's Journey

Office Upstairs: A Doctor's Journey

by Charles H. Banov MD



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Office Upstairs: A Doctor's Journey by Charles H. Banov MD

Banov shares tales from over fifty years of practicing medicine. Looking back with honesty and humor at growing up Jewish in the South and opening the first doctor's office in a tiny Texas town, he shares intimate portraits of the teachers, fellow students and patients who shaped his career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596293700
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Charles H. Banov, MD, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and has lived there most of his life, though he has also traveled and taught in more than seventy-five countries. He emphatically denies that trouble follows him, though he has in fact been imprisoned by rebels in Venezuela, threatened by drug lords in Peru and followed by Soviet Union intelligence officers in Moscow. A graduate of Emory University and the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston, Dr. Banov is a fellow of many national and international medical societies, including the American Academy of Allergy, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has served as president of the American College of Allergy and of Interasma, the international organization of world asthma and chest physicians. The Boy Scouts of America presented him with a prestigious medical award, though to his chagrin they took it back, as he was only twelve years old at the time and therefore ineligible. He has not yet recovered from the disappointment. Dr. Banov has lectured on the subject of allergies throughout the world, though a Moscow audience once confused his comments on cat allergies with off-color remarks about the sitting American president. A television reporter excitedly encouraged him to further discuss ragweed allergies while her own throat was closing up from severe anaphylaxis. With his wife Nancy Leopold Banov, Dr. Banov has raised four children, one of whom, Pamela, has survived with Rett Syndrome, a severe developmental disorder. Nancy founded the South Carolina Society for Autistic Children, and both she and Dr. Banov have testified before the United States Congress on the subject of special-needs children. They remain vigorous advocates for persons with disabilities.

Table of Contents

Preface     9
Acknowledgements     11
Introduction: A Memorable Walk     13
The Early Years: Growing Up in the South     15
Medical School and Beyond     31
You're in the Navy Now     53
Training to Be a Real Doctor     70
Hanging up the Shingle     89
Foreign Adventures     110
A Community of Special People     126
Wheezes, Sneezing and Itches     137
Now It Can Be Told     157
Hurricanes and Bioterrorism: Doctor First, Old Man Last     175
Epilogue: Return to Pettus     189
About the Author     191

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift - I'm starting medical school in the fall. I would never have picked this out since I'm not that interested in what happened 50 years ago. But I was pleaseantly surprised. It was amazing. i felt like I was being drawn into the past - there's something about real stories written by real people that packs a punch. The book made me laugh and cry. Dr. Banov obviously didn't just write about history, he made it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been a wonderful 'journey' working with Dr. Banov and listening to him tell us of his life growing up here in Charleston, South Carolina. All of his wonderful stories from his past is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. The book comes to life as I read page by page and remember the expressions on his face as he shared these same stories with us at 'The Office'. It's a book you can't put down...even if you don't know Dr. Banov you'll love it. I am only one of many lucky ones who have had the great opportunity to work with him and get to know him. Good Luck Dr.B,(our nickname for him) Love, Marilyn
harstan More than 1 year ago
Born in Charlotte, South Carolina at a time when Jews were treated with contempt almost as bad as blacks were, Charles Banov was destined to become a doctor due to his mother pushing him in that direction (in a subtle manner) and his own desire to figure out puzzles. As a medical student he was a curious mix of serious student and risk taker. A teacher who taught him how useful a placebo can be is explained in a funny manner but gets the point across.. After doing an internship he had to do military service so he became a Lieutenant and a surgeon in the navy where he acquired a taste of wanderlust. It was a borning two years so he opened up his own practice in the nearest Texas place that never had a doctor. He was known for his compassion and even temperament.---------------- During his career as in intern and he was called upon to make decisions not included in his field of expertise like Ob-Gyn work and cardiac problems. He talks about his travels in other places, in one such place he went he was kidnapped by South American revolutionaries. He was helping patients in crisis during Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina and was involved without his knowledge, in espionage action during the Cold War. Dr. Banov makes no bones how much he loves his wife and their two sons who are doctors and the daughter who has Rhett¿s syndrome. He is a Marcus Welby M.D. who cares about his patients and people in general, working through government agencies to get things that need taken care of done Anyone reading this book will want this man as their doctor.------------ Told in a breezy style, filled with anecdotes, humor and picturesque events, OFFICE UPSTAIRS is a memoir of a doctor filled with fear and uncertainly but somehow always getting the job done.----------------- Harriet Klausner