The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician's Search for the Renewal of Medicine

The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician's Search for the Renewal of Medicine

by Abraham M. Nussbaum


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300211405
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., is the Chief Education Officer at Denver Health and is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He lives in Denver, CO.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Parts and Money 1

1 Seeing Wisely 10

2 Occult Findings 26

3 The Book and the Coat 38

4 Full Responsibility 52

5 Duty Hours 67

6 Efficient and Effective 84

7 Checklists and Dance Lessons 99

8 Famous Factory Meatloaf 114

9 Sickbeds and Garden Beds 131

10 Committed 146

11 Impatient Attending 162

12 Muscle Ups 176

13 Doctors Without Silver 191

14 Red Cards 207

15 Witnesses 223

16 Hope 239

Epilogue: Luster 258

Notes 269

Credits 285

Index 287


What do you hope readers will take away from the experience of reading The Finest Traditions of My Calling?
 I hope readers will learn that healthcare reform is not just a question of who should have access to care and who should pay for it, but also of our desire for a favorable outcome when a physician meets a person as a patient. Reformers believe the problem with medicine is that it does not consistently and safely deliver the best treatments. And the solution is to transform the delivery of medical care using processes pioneered in high-risk industries like aviation, mining, and automobile manufacturing: run hospitals like factories, optimized for efficiency and effectiveness. But factories make things, not people.
How might your book help change the practice of medicine?
I hope to shift the conversation from the reform of healthcare systems to the renewal of medical practice. We need to envision hospitals and clinics not as factories but as cultural spaces such as schools and gardens, restaurants, and gyms, all of which require human relationships for their operation.
What are examples of the roles physicians and patients assume when they interact?
Physicians are like scientists who want to know how the body works; technicians who control it; authors who tell its story; gardeners who carefully tend it; teachers who help patients achieve what they could not on their own; and servants who give of themselves for the sake of their patients.

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