By The Journal of the American Medical Association Jama, Roxanne K. Young
Reflections and insights on healthiness, 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 scientific organization (JAMA). those engrossing, relocating vignettes--written by means of physicians, sufferers, kinfolk, scientific scholars, and others--offer a different glimpse into the typical stories and relationships within the clinical world.Baring their souls and starting their hearts, the authors proportion their such a lot own moments, tales, and observations. you are going to 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 . . . event the heartbreaking comedy of a Monday morning HIV health center . . . 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 care professional who discovered that through witnessing her sufferers' braveness she turned a greater physician.Compelling, touching, and now and then funny, a section of My brain bargains a deeper knowing of physicians, sufferers, medication, and the straightforward human act of assisting one other person."These tales, established in technological know-how, are transmitted to readers . . . after filtering via a human center . . . always succeeds in bridging technological know-how and the humanities."--William H. Foege, MD, Emory college
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With her letter she enclosed a simple drawing. At first it appeared to be just another 2-year-old’s scribbles that belonged on the refrigerator. But this one was special. In it I saw not simple lines but the rebirth of a human life. This priceless drawing now hangs beside a frozen sunset on a new wall in my room—a wall dedicated to the celebration of life. Paths Ellen Kroop-Martin, MD T here were no clues that this was to be a memorable rotation. It was early in the academic year and my first ward rotation in the dim green halls of a southern VA hospital.
Now, Doc, you may not be as big a jerk as I first thought, but there’s some information I just can’t give out. ” “I see you added another warning,” I nodded toward his sign. ” Without warning Phil whipped out the water gun from under his bed. A blast of cold water caught me on the cheek as I fled the room and his raucous laughter. Later that night I asked his mother who the girl was. “That’s Lucy, his girlfriend. ” Early one morning a week later, I was rounding with my attending in Phil’s room.
She said, “Oh, Doctor, I remember you. It’s happened so fast. . ” Clumsily I tried to touch her, to comfort her, and then suddenly I was holding the crying mother close. She began to tell me stories about her daughter; my beeper remained blessedly silent. She told me about when her daughter first became blind with CMV retinitis and nervously asked the time at frequent intervals. Soon the mother began to tell her the time without being asked, until finally her daughter got a braille watch. It became a private joke, she told me, for the daughter to tell her the time many times a day.
A Piece of My Mind (Jama & Archives Journals) by The Journal of the American Medical Association Jama, Roxanne K. Young