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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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.