The Finest Traditions of My Calling

Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were ‘Artisans’
May 24, 2016

In his recent book, The Finest Traditions of My Calling, Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, 41, makes the case that doctors and patients alike are being shortchanged by current medical practices that emphasize population-based standards of care rather than individual patient needs and experiences.

Nussbaum, a psychiatrist, is the chief education officer at Denver Health Medical Center and works on the adult inpatient psychiatric unit


Doubter’s Almanac

‘Doubter’s Almanac’ Is A Family Saga, Plus Algebraic Equations
Fresh Air. February 23, 2016

Ethan Canin first caught the attention of the literary world with his 1985 short story collection, “Emperor Of The Air,” and because for a time after its publication he simultaneously pursued literary and medical careers. Since then he’s published acclaimed novels like “For Kings And Planets” and “America America.”
… three decades later Canin is still a master of the unexpected. Here’s her review of Canin’s latest novel, “A Doubter’s Almanac.”

On mathematicians and mental illness

Mathematicians don’t like it when they’re associated with, you know, with mental illness. And I can see why they don’t. … A lot of mathematicians are sort of bristled when people say that they can’t get along socially, that they’re not good with people. But I look around the world; I think it seems to be fairly true.

[BOOK] What Doctors Feel

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
February 22, 2014

Danielle Ofri argues in her newest book “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” that the idea that doctors don’t have feelings, or that they can ignore those feelings, negatively affects patient care.


“writer and doctor”


We had no idea they were trying so hard

Heart Of The Matter: Treating The Disease Instead Of The Person
by Leana Wen, MD
June 25, 2014

… As soon as they get home, they file a complaint with hospital about their terrible experience.

All told, it took only 22 minutes from the time the man entered the hospital for the cardiology team to clear the blockage. The cardiology team is proud that they beat the national average for what they call door-to-balloon time by 42 minutes. The faster a blockage can be cleared, the better the odds are for a full recovery.
The patient gets well without complications. Two weeks later, he’s back at work and exercising again. The ER and cardiology teams consider the man’s case a resounding success.

Why then are there such different views of the same ER visit? Who’s right?
The doctors who believe they delivered exemplary care, or the patient and his wife who feel he was treated badly?

The two viewpoints of this ER visit end with one thing in common.
Just as the providers were surprised by the patient’s complaint, the patient and his wife were taken aback when the team that I was part of presented them with their doctors’ point of view.

“We had no idea they were trying so hard,” the man said. “It’s too bad we didn’t know that at the time.”

Wen is an attending physician and director of patient-centered care research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University.
She is the author of “When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Care,” and founder of Who’s My Doctor, a project to encourage transparency in medicine.

The Good Doctor (BOOK)

‘Good Doctor’ Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope
May 13, 2014

In Lerner’s new book, The Good Doctor, he compares his father’s approach to medicine with the bioethics that are applied today.
Lerner is a bioethicist, historian of medicine and internist at NYU’s School of Medicine.
He’s the author of several books and has contributed to The New York Times column Well, The Atlantic and The Huffington Post.