By The Journal of the American Medical Association Jama, Roxanne K. Young
Reflections and insights on future health, 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 yank clinical organization (JAMA). those engrossing, relocating vignettes--written through physicians, sufferers, relatives, clinical scholars, and others--offer a distinct glimpse into the typical stories and relationships within the clinical world.Baring their souls and beginning their hearts, the authors proportion their so much own moments, tales, and observations. you will pay attention from the intern who couldn't conceal 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 sanatorium . . . be encouraged through the oncology social employee who chanced on a brand new love of lifestyles in the course of her personal fight with breast melanoma . . . and study from the health professional who learned that by means of witnessing her sufferers' braveness she grew to become a greater physician.Compelling, touching, and from time to time funny, a section of My brain bargains a deeper figuring out of physicians, sufferers, drugs, and the straightforward human act of assisting one other person."These tales, dependent in technological know-how, are transmitted to readers . . . after filtering via a human middle . . . constantly succeeds in bridging technological know-how and the humanities."--William H. Foege, MD, Emory collage
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The Chief Complaint Ann E. Dominguez W e always hope that the last patient before lunch has a simple problem. Usually, however, the last patient before lunch is the one who needs several hours of our time and four lengthy, expensive studies before we know what to do for him. Mr L was my last patient before lunch. I asked him, as I always ask my patients, what brought him to the clinic that day, and he couldn’t remember. ” Injustice did not seem to be a problem easily managed before lunch. I asked my question in another way.
They wouldn’t let me sleep in his room, but I brought him his favorite soup and fed him every day. ” I thought of my father as he lay in a hospital bed, a week from his death. His face was gaunt and pale, his legs edematous. My mother petting his forehead. ” My mother’s eyes filled with tears and his glazed over again as the morphine and hypercalcemia overtook him. 18 A Piece of My Mind “He always took care of me,” Mrs Tannenbaum continued. “I was here on his last night. He was so weak, he could barely move.
As the days passed, I found myself spending as much time with him as I could. I answered his questions and explained the results of his numerous tests. One day I asked Phil what his life had been like before he became sick. “Before this leukemia got me down, I used to ride a Harley and party all night,” he told me. ” Phil really came alive at night. Dressed in his favorite Guns N’ Roses T-shirt and armed with a high-powered water gun shaped like an M-16, Phil terrorized the nurses. One night, while I was examining another patient, I heard screams in the hall.
A Piece of My Mind (Jama & Archives Journals) by The Journal of the American Medical Association Jama, Roxanne K. Young