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Midnight Meal And Other Essays about Doctors, Patients and Medicine

ISBN-10: 0472030841

ISBN-13: 9780472030842

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Expanded)

Authors: Jerome Lowenstein, Howard Markel, Alexandra Minna Stern

List price: $23.95
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In this book, an accomplished physician and teacher of medicine discusses the importance of being a "caring" doctor, especially now that the focus of medicine is increasingly on technological innovation and health care costs. With wisdom and compassion, Dr. Jerome Lowenstein tells stories about relationships between medical students and their teachers, physicians and their colleagues, and physicians and their patients. He reflects on what doctors learn from treating chronic illness; how they respond to patients' needs for reassurance; how they bear the burden of treating patients with life-threatening or degenerative disease; whether the distinction between traditional and "alternative" medical treatment is ultimately beneficial or destructive; and many other issues. Dr. Lowenstein's ruminations on humanistic approaches to learning and practicing medicine will be treasured by physicians, medical students, and patients alike.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 4/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine.

Howard Markel is Director, Historical Center for the Health Sciences, George E. Wantz Professor of the History of Medicine, and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan Medical School.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Midnight Meal
The Biomolecular Revolution
Can You Teach Compassion?
Coughs, Clouds, and Ice
Treating Chronic Illness
Patients as Teachers
Reassurance and the Warning on the Label
Defending the Common Cold
Asymmetry
On Drawing Blood
The Vital Signs
The Dummy and the Standardized Patient
Holding the Blood Gas Report
The Narrative Instinct
The Weight of Shared Lives: Truth Telling and Family Caregiving
AIDS
A Marriage Without Divorce
Shaky Evidence
A Critical Incident
The Homeless Man on Morning Rounds
Numbers, Numbers
Alternative Medicine
Bellevue Hospital
Where Have All the Giants Gone? Reconciling Medical Education and the Traditions of Patient Care with Limitations on Resident Work Hours
Afterword
Notes
Index