Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing

Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing

by Victoria Sweet


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"Wonderful... Physicans would do well to learn this most important lesson about caring for patients." —The New York Times Book Review
Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time—time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.
Sweet knows this because she has learned and lived it over the course of her remarkable career. Here she relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been both pioneer and inspiration. Medicine, she helps us to see, is a craft and an art as well as a science. It is relational, personal, even spiritual. To do it well requires a hard-won wisdom that no algorithm can replace—that brings together “fast” and “slow” in a truly effective, efficient, sustainable, and humane way of healing. 

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ISBN-13: 9780399573316
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 321,540
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Victoria Sweet was a physician at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital for more than twenty years, an experience she chronicled in God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. An associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, she is also a prizewinning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Medicine without a Soul 1

1 On the Cusp of Aquarius 13

2 Dr. Gurushantih and My New White Coat 25

3 The Man with a Hole in his Head 35

4 Dr. Greg's 30 Percent Solution 45

5 A Successful Petition to the Saint of Impossible Causes 59

6 The Mantle of Hippocrates 75

7 Three Prophets, No Whale 85

8 Visiting Day at the Henhouse 105

9 A Slow Medicine Clinic Before its Time 125

10 Passing the Point of No Return 141

Intermission. In Which Fast Medicine and Slow Medicine Come Together 155

11 Turnaround 169

12 A Craft, A Science, and an Art 183

13 Upstairs, Downstairs 201

A Short Pause to Recapitulate, or the Crack in the Cosmic Egg 227

14 The Force that through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower 233

15 Nothing Is Better Than Life 249

16 A Slow Medicine Manifesto 265

Acknowledgments 273

Notes 277

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