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Why Doctors Write

Why Doctors Write

How does writing affect a doctor's practice of medicine? What are the ethics of writing about patients? Should patients be part of the process? Watch the full program broadcast on WGBH -Boston.

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NYU Stories

NYU Stories

A rare glimpse into the effects of shuttling from patient to patient without being allowed to process the powerful feelings—fear, anger, grief—that naturally arise when lives are at stake.

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Review in “Science-Based Medicine”

Review in “Science-Based Medicine”

A patient might reasonably say “I don’t give a damn how my doctor feels as long as she gets me better,” but emotions affect everything we do, influencing clinical decisions and patient outcomes.

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The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

As physicians we see medicine as a science. We think of ourselves as rational, evidence-based practitioners. But we are far less rational than we tell our patients and ourselves that we are.

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Can We Let Doctors Be Human?

Can We Let Doctors Be Human?

Is our vision clouded because we are so immersed in the world of sickness? Is it because this helps reinforce the power dynamic that has kept patients "in their place" for centuries? Or might it be because, like our patients we doctors are scared down to our bones? If we were to see our patients…

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Medical Sensibility: Whose Feelings Count?

Medical Sensibility: Whose Feelings Count?

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine is as close to a page-turner as a clinician's story is likely to become. What Doctors Feel deserves to be well received and widely read.

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Empathy for “Undesirable” Patients

Empathy for “Undesirable” Patients

Doctors have notorious contempt for alcoholics, drug addicts, and morbidly obese patients, and they often make little effort to conceal it. By unspoken rules, these patients are considered fair game for jokes by medical personnel at all levels. Hospital slang for such patients reflects not just disgust but also anger and resentment.

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New York Times review

New York Times review

This book’s hallmark is honesty, particularly when it comes to the emotional fallout of her medical mistakes.

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An Examination of Doctors, Straight from the Heart

An Examination of Doctors, Straight from the Heart

A fascinating journey into the heart and mind of a physician struggling to do the best for her patients while navigating an imperfect health care system that often seems to value “efficiency,” measured in dollars and minutes, more than the emotional well-being of either physician or patient.

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Doctors’ Suicide

Doctors’ Suicide

What happens it's the doctor who commits suicide? Sadly, physicians--as a group--have a higher suicide rate than other professionals. Here's the story of one doctor and the effects of his death on his student.

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