Talking with Doctors

Talking with Doctors

by David Newman


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ISBN-13: 9781138005884
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/05/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Talking with Doctors
Please Give Him Back His Copay
The Worst-Case Scenario
Forewarned, Four-Armed
Chatter in the Infield
No Dye
Eve's Offering
Three Words He's Not Afraid to Say
Whose Pathology Is It?
An Orderly Inquiry
The Putting Out of Eyes
No Dye, Again
Unwritten Letters
Parallel Parking
Something Is Wrong with You
Is That Your Tumor Talking?.
Higher Court Ruling
Two Very Different Kinds of People
Nothing Palliative
A Shadow of Opportunity
Stuffed Animal.
New York, New York
Hopes and Prayers
He Can Do Things No One Else Can
Perseverance and Serendipity
On a First-Name Basis
Help! I Need Somebody
Not Just Anybody
He Will Operate on Anyone Who Lets Him
What You Don't Want
What I Deserve
Now These Days Are Gone, I'm Not So Self-Assured
These Little Town Blues
Saying Good-Bye
Street Fight
These Vagabond Shoes
Start Spreading the News
Return of the Stuffed Animal
In Human Hands
Life Without Parole
False Bottom
Coming and Going Before the Graveyard
Life-and-Death Dialogues

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that you might read in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. David Newman, with great sensitivity and intuition, shares his emotional journey choosing a doctor and making life saving decisions. As a patient and also as a psythotherapist, husband and friend, he interviewed and communicated with 'the best doctors' often with huge egos and absolute and very different approaches. His journey is an emotional and totally absorbing read and a must for anyone who will ever consult a doctor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written, very complex narrative by a young psychoanalyst/artist of his journey into and out of life-threatening illness (at age 44, with 3 young children, he discovered he had a supposedly 'inoperable' malignant brain turmor). In part it is a commentary on the current state of medicine, as the author grappled as a layperson to make sense of the conflicting opinions of the doctors he consulted and to decide who he should entrust with his life. It is also a meditation on trust and human communication in general. The author has a psychoanalyst's (or a writer's) senstivitiy to the undercurrents and the unspoken in his conversations with doctors. He also has a wnriter's ear for the many ironies he encounters (for instance, the doctor who broke the news to him instructed his office manager to 'Give him back his co-pay'). While the author portrays the physicians he encounters as imperfect, in his hands these imperfections are part of their humanity. This is underlined when he writes about the impact his illness had on his relationship with his own patients. In the end, the author expresses his gratitude for having been saved by a multitude of 'human hands.' A rewarding book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Newman tells the story of seeking treatment for a brain tumor, describing his efforts to talk with a series of doctors to figure out who he should work with and what should be done to deal with this threat to his life. The story unfolds in brief chapters, and the reader is swept up in the complex, confusing, terrifying, and exhausting process of trying to sort through conflicting medical opinions delivered to him by doctors who often have difficulty communicating clearly and coherently with him. A psychotherapist, Newman examines his interactions with these doctors as human encounters, seeking to understand not only how his own emotional responses affect the consultations but how the doctors' feelings enter the situation, often outside their awareness and often with unfortunate effect. Newman accomplishes all this in writing that is spare, direct, precise, and, at times, even darkly funny. He tells a personal story in a personal way and uses it to examine the complex issue how of doctors and patients must speak if they are to work together effectively.