What Doctors Feel

What Doctors Feel

How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

eBook - 2013
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While much has been written about the minds and methods of the medical professionals who save our lives, precious little has been said about their emotions. inicians and patients, understanding what doctors feel can make all the difference in giving and getting the best medical care.

Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Dr. Danielle Ofri examines the daunting range of emotions--shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, occasionally despair, and sometimes even love--that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection. Drawing on scientific studies, including some surprising research, Dr. Ofri offers up an unflinching look at the impact of emotions on health care.

Dr. Ofri takes us into the swirling heart of patient care, telling stories of caregivers caught up and occasionally torn down by the whirlwind life of doctoring. She admits to the humiliation of an error that nearly killed one of her patients. She mourns when a beloved patient is denied a heart transplant. She tells the riveting stories of an intern traumatized when she is forced to let a newborn die in her arms, and of a doctor whose daily glass of wine to handle the frustrations of the ER escalates into a destructive addiction. Ofri also reveals that doctors cope through gallows humor, find hope in impossible situations, and surrender to ecstatic happiness when they triumph over illness.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780807073339
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 02, 2018

Very thoughtfully-written book about experiences in medicine and the [negative] emotions associated with doctor-patient interactions. This book really gives you a glimpse into what it's like living with your feelings/emotions as a physician. Real stories and situations that highlight the darker, confusing, and scarier moments of doctor practice.

Mar 06, 2015

Unforgetable real stories help people like me outside the medical profession to see the human beneathe the white coat.

I felt more emphathetic and understanding of the medical profession and respect for the courage it takes to be in this field and be held to such high and unrealistic expectations.

Dec 04, 2014

I am a doctor myself and I have to say I hadn't realized of how much my experiences are alike of any other doctor, from a total different country, population, environment and health care system. This is why I loved this book: is authentic, is common to every doctor and patient and is helpful in demonstrating that no matter our overall goal as a physician is, we are human beings working with human beings and emotions and external stressors are not out of this relationship. Highly recommended if you are trying to get an inside of hospital and clinical life based on true stories!


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