What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

by Danielle Ofri


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ISBN-13: 9780807033302
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 292,982
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and has cared for patients at New York’s Bellevue Hospital for more than two decades. Ofri’s books and articles have become academic staples in medical schools, universities and residency programs. She is the editor in chief of the Bellevue Literary Review and writes regularly for the New York Times.

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Table of Contents

Intoduction: Why Doctors Act That Way

Chapter 1: The Doctor Can't See You Now
Julia, part one 
Chapter 2: We Build a Better Doctor?
Julia, part two
Chapter 3: Scared Witless
Julia, part three
Chapter 4: A Daily Dose of Death
Julia, part four
Chapter 5: Burning with Shame
Julia, part five
Chapter 6: Drowning
Julia, part six
Chapter 7: Under the Microscope 
Julia, part seven


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What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read Dr. Ofri's insightful writings in an online article, and I knew I needed to read this book. Dr. Ofri writes openly about the feelings doctors experience, both the joyful positive ones and the shameful negative ones. I felt an immediate connection with the book and with Dr. Ofri, whom I've never met, as like her, I have lived and continue to live in this culture of medicine. In this book, Dr. Ofri beautifully shares her experiences and those of other doctors as they grow from being medical students (when they were still normal human beings) to being residents (trying so hard to prove themselves worthy of joining the ranks of their mentors and instructors) to independent self-sufficient "real" doctors capable of calling all the shots and saving lives. Throughout these stages, there are overwhelming emotions that are tamped down and minimized, hidden from others, denied even to themselves, and muddled together with experiences that ultimately damage the spirit of the person known as "doctor." Dr. Ofri also shares the joy we feel when our patients are healthy, when they recover from illness, when they "beat the odds," when they allow us into their lives and hearts so that we may know them and their struggles intimately. She illustrates beautifully the bond between doctor and patient that so many of us yearn to build and rejoice in discovering. She also points out that in most cases our patients are unaware of how their lives and conditions affect us as human beings, how we hope for their sufferings to end, that we pray for them to overcome their struggles and be at peace. I've learned a lot about my doctor culture by reading this book. I've begun to allow myself to feel more, to share more, to open up more, with myself and others with regard to my experiences in medicine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I certainly will not take my doctor for granted anymore. I recommend this book very highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Empathic journey of doctor's own feeling points, highs and lows, including well-researched experiences of peers and patients. Impacts of feelings upon both is exlplored in depth with intriging stories.