Patients, Doctors, and Illness

ISBN-10: 0822335689

ISBN-13: 9780822335689

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: Nancy M. P. King, Ronald P. Strauss, Larry R. Churchill, Sue E. Estroff, Yehuda Amichai

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Duke University Press is pleased to announce the second edition of the bestselling "Social Medicine Reader," The "Reader" provides a survey of the challenging issues facing today's health care providers, patients, and caregivers by bringing together moving narratives of illness, commentaries by physicians, debates about complex medical cases, and conceptually and empirically based writings by scholars in medicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The first edition of "The Social Medicine Reader" was a single volume. This significantly revised and expanded second edition is divided into three volumes to facilitate use by different audiences with varying interests. Praise for the 3-volume second edition of "The Social Medicine Reader": "A superb collection of essays that illuminate the role of medicine in modern society. Students and general readers are not likely to find anything better."--Arnold S. Relman, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School Praise for the first edition: "This reviewer strongly recommends "The Social Medicine Reader" to the attention of medical educators."--Samuel W. Bloom, "JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association" Volume 1: A woman with what is quite probably a terminal illness must choose between courses of treatment based on contradictory diagnoses. A medical student causes acute pain in his patients as he learns to insert a central line. One doctor wonders how to react when a patient asks him to pray with her; another struggles to come to terms with his mistakes. A physician writes in a prominent medical journal about facilitating a dying woman's wish to end her life on her ownterms; letters to the editor reflect passionate responses both in support of and in opposition to his actions. These experiences and many more are vividly rendered in "Patients, Doctors, and Illness," which brings together nineteen pieces that appeared in the first edition of "The Social Medicine Reader" and eighteen pieces new to this edition. This volume examines the roles and training of health care professionals and their relationship with patients, ethics in health care, and end-of-life experiences and decisions. It includes fiction and nonfiction narratives and poetry; definitions and case-based discussions of moral precepts in health care, such as truth telling, informed consent, privacy, and autonomy; and readings that provide legal, ethical, and practical perspectives on many familiar but persistent ethical and social questions raised by illness and care. Contributors: Yehuda Amichai, Marcia Angell, George J. Annas, Marc D. Basson, Doris Betts, Amy Bloom, Abenaa Brewster, Raymond Carver, Eric J. Cassell, Larry R. Churchill, James Dickey, Gerald Dworkin, James Dwyer, Miles J. Edwards, Charles R. Feldstein, Chris Feudtner, Leonard Fleck, Arthur Frank, Benjamin Freedman, Atul Gawande, Jerome Groopman, Lawrence D. Grouse, David Hilfiker, Nancy M. P. King, Perri Klass, Melvin Konner, Bobbie Ann Mason, Steven H. Miles, Sharon Olds, Katha Pollitt, Timothy E. Quill, David Schenck, Daniel Shapiro, Susan W. Tolle, Alice Stewart Trillin, William Carlos Williams
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 8/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Yehuda Amichai was born in Germany and immigrated to Palestine in 1936. His novels and poetry are innovative in their use of Hebrew terms. Following World War II and Israel's War of Independence in 1948, Amichai began to introduce new words of technical, legal, and administrative meaning into his poetry to replace sacral phrases. Amichai's poetry reflects the modernizing of the Hebrew language within the last 45 years. "One of Amichai's most characteristic effects in his poetry is the mingling of past and present, ancient and modern, person and place: the here and now for him inevitably recalls the past" (Judaica Book News). One of Israel's most highly regarded poets, Amichai shared the Israel Prize for Literature with Amir Gilboa in 1981.

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Defining and Experiencing Difference
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Extra Chromosomes and Blue Tulips: Medico-familial Interpretations
On Being a Cripple
Tell Me, Tell Me
Finch the Spastic Speaks
Social Factors and Inequality
Introduction to Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues
Unequal Treatment: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare
Beyond Cultural Competence: Applying Humility to Clinical Settings
Coming to Terms with Advanced Breast Cancer: Black Women's Narratives from Eastern North Carolina
Women Get Sicker, but Men Die Quicker
Hormones for Men: Is Male Menopause a Question of Medicine or of Marketing?
The Five Sexes, Revisited
Case Study: Culture Clash Involving Intersex
The Meanings of "Race" in the New Genomics: Implications for Health Disparities Research
White, European, Western, Caucasian, or What? Inappropriate Labeling in Research on Race, Ethnicity, and Health
Racial Profiling in Medical Research
I Am a Racially Profiling Doctor
Social Relationships and Sickness
"Where Crowded Humanity Suffers and Sickens": The Banes Family and Their Neighborhood
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