By The Journal of the American Medical Association Jama, Roxanne K. Young
Reflections and insights on wellbeing and fitness, sickness, and healingNow in paperback for the 1st time, a section of My brain brings jointly revealing own essays that first seemed within the magazine of the yankee clinical organization (JAMA). those engrossing, relocating vignettes--written by way of physicians, sufferers, kinfolk, scientific scholars, and others--offer a distinct glimpse into the typical reviews and relationships within the scientific world.Baring their souls and starting their hearts, the authors percentage their so much own moments, tales, and observations. you are going to listen from the intern who couldn't cover her feelings, incomes reprimand from her supervisors yet appreciation from her sufferers . . . meet an alcoholic whose indomitable spirit helped her defy the entire odds . . . adventure the heartbreaking comedy of a Monday morning HIV hospital . . . be encouraged via the oncology social employee who discovered a brand new love of existence in the course of her personal fight with breast melanoma . . . and examine from the medical professional who discovered that via witnessing her sufferers' braveness she turned a greater physician.Compelling, touching, and from time to time funny, a section of My brain deals a deeper figuring out of physicians, sufferers, medication, and the easy human act of aiding one other person."These tales, established in technology, are transmitted to readers . . . after filtering via a human middle . . . continually succeeds in bridging technology and the humanities."--William H. Foege, MD, Emory college
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Petulant and confused, I was left to ponder his betrayal. Several days later the lesson came to me. As physicians, all we can really do is celebrate the human spirit. Entrusted with its secrets, we delve into its mysteries, seek understanding. We tirelessly work to revive it to whatever level of function it can perform. But when all is done, it is not ours. We revive the body and hopefully the spirit, simply that it may follow its desired course. We can encourage potential paths, but the reward is not the path the patient takes, but that they were well enough to choose one.
Or what used to be his world. ” She turned toward me. “I have macular degeneration in both eyes. ” I answered no. At that time the eye didn’t interest me. Mrs. Rodell 11 I visited Mrs Rodell three times a week. I read her the newspaper and the classics and described my classes. She enjoyed hearing about my professors and my labs. She was always sitting up in her bed when I arrived, and only occasionally did she sit in a chair by her window. Soon I began to read to her from my medical texts, and our time together became a study session.
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A Piece of My Mind (Jama & Archives Journals) by The Journal of the American Medical Association Jama, Roxanne K. Young