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On Doctoring: New, Revised and Expanded Third Edition [Hardcover]

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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.54" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.19"
Weight:   1.61 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2001
Publisher   Free Press
ISBN  0743201531  
EAN  9780743201537  

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Few subjects hold more universal appeal than that of medicine, and surely few books have evoked medicine's drama and magic more powerfully than On Doctoring. In its many forms, from age-old ritual to the cutting edge of modern science, medicine concerns us all. It is a human profession, practiced by people who have dedicated their lives not only to science but also to humanity. In the words of the great physician-writer Sir William Osler, "The physician needs a clear head and a kind heart; his work is arduous and complex, requiring the exercise of the very highest faculties of the mind, while constantly appealing to the emotions and higher feelings." It is the humanity in medicine that has inspired the pens of countless writers, and that has now been captured in this remarkable anthology of medical literature.

This newly expanded edition of On Doctoring is an extraordinary collection of stories, poems, and essays written by physicians and non-physicians alike -- works that eloquently record what it is like to be sick, to be cured, to lose, or to triumph. Drawing on the full spectrum of human emotions, the editors have included selections from such important and diverse writers as Anton Chekhov, W. H. Auden, William Carlos Williams, John Keats, John Donne, Robert Coles, Pablo Neruda, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, and Abraham Verghese. Among the new authors included in this edition are Rainer Maria Rilke, Lisel Mueller, and May Sarton.

In this era of managed healthcare, when medicine is becoming more institutionalized and impersonal, this book recaptures the breadth and the wonder of the medical profession. Presenting the issues, concerns, and challenges facing doctors and patients alike, On Doctoring is at once illuminating and provocative, a compelling record of the human spirit.

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On What?  Mar 20, 2008
So many of the poems and "supposed" doctor stories do not relate to doctoring at all. I found 30% of the book to be worth reading. Its a good book to pick up and read a few poems from but its certainly not a cover to cover read. If you are looking for a book to help you get more insight into being a doctor or a doctor's life this book is not for you. I would not recommend this book to anyone, but its really cheap and there are a few good poems in it so if that is what you are looking for this is the book for you!
Wonderful collection of thoughtful poems and essays  Jun 14, 2007
This highly readable collection of essays and poems is a must read for all physicians in training, and for any physicians who may be losing their passion for healing.
Useful introduction to the medical humanities  Oct 19, 2006
Along with Bernard Lo's Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians, and many articles from the current medical literature, I use this book when I teach medical ethics to first- and second-year medical students.

Anthologies are by nature uneven. Readers think they can out-edit the editor. So, to award an anthology five stars does not necessarily mean that the reviewer enjoys or even appreciates every selection in the book. In this case there are many selections I do not approve, but the few that I absolutely love more than compensate. Among these are poignant stories by patients like Anatole Broyard and physicians like Richard Selzer, Abraham Verghese, and Lewis Thomas.

Narratives that convey the angst and awkwardness of the physician/patient relationship are important for young doctors to internalize. Prose narratives are more approachable than poetry, and narratives written by either doctors or patients in first person are more credible than those written in third person by third parties, such as novelists.

I hope that the next edition of this book will contain proportionately less poetry, more non-fiction, more first-person physicians' accounts of their loneliness (e.g., in the work of Deborah Bradshaw, M.D.), and more first-person patients' accounts of their suffering, anger, disgust, and occassional gratitude.
Beautiful, memorable stories and anecdotes!  Apr 26, 2005
A nice collection for anyone interested in all things medical. It makes a nice reference book!
Fair Attempt to Expound Literary Art in a Medical Paradigm  Mar 20, 2004
I, along with all my other classmates, received this book at the beginning of medical school at our white coat ceremony. It was presented to us as a collection of anecdotal stories and poems that would help us maintain our focus on the humanistic side of medicine and keep our passions for the practice alive while toiling away at arduous scientific study and long clinical hours. There are some excerpts and short works in the book that do just that. I found myself inspired and feeling enlightened after reading these parts of the book. However, this did not comprise the majority of the book for me. Most of it kept me on the verge of reading and sleep. Several of the poems failed to grip me in the way a select few of the stories had done. Although much of health care deals with the elderly, the book seemed to drone on and on with the experiences of the geriatric to the extent that at times, it felt a more apt title would be On Being Old. For the most part, I felt this work tried to pressure literary art on to medicine. There is a lot of rich and passionate literature related to medicine, but I felt that mostly only less than great works were included here. It was an o.k. experience to read through On Doctoring which did have its gripping pages, but I would probably not recommend it.

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