Equal Partners: A Physician's Call for a New Spirit of Medicine

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Advocating changes in the practice of modern medicine that will foster cooperation and compassion between physician and patient, a young doctor tells how her serious illness shortly after leaving medical school forced her to reevaluate contemporary medical care. Tour.

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Jody Heymann is Director of Policy at the Harvard University Center for Society and Health, Associate Professor of Health and Social Behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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After graduating from medical school, Heymann was struck with a seizure and a brain tumor. This calamity is the basis for a harrowing but ultimately riveting medical tale in which Heymann was both a patient and a doctor. A Harvard faculty member, MacArthur Fellow, wife, and mother of two children, Heymann recounts how she juggled some of these projects simultaneously while struggling with severe neurological problems and completing her pediatric medical residency. From her patient's perspective, Heymann learned firsthand of shortcomings in the medical establishment. Consequently, she argues strongly for the introduction into medical practice of a new spirit in which patients and their families are truly included as equal partners in their own healthcare. She also discusses her recent work with Guatemalan refugees, which demonstrates her social conscience but clouds the main theme of her work. Heymann is best when describing her role as patient and the medical outcomes of her case. For both general and informed readers.
James Swanton, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine, New York
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