My Own Medicine: A Doctor's Life as a Patient

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From mortal illness to miraculous recovery, a doctor's moving account of his own experience as a patient

At forty-two, Geoffrey Kurland, a pediatric pulmonologist specializing in such deadly diseases as cystic fibrosis, was diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia, a rare cancer with a statistically low survival rate. A remarkably fit man in training for 100-mile "extreme" races whose job is equally high performance, he is forced to confront the challenge of his own mortality. He tries to cope by turning inward in a desperate search for ever-elusive answers. As the doctor becomes a patient and lives through the terror and pain that he had until then only observed at a remove in his young patients, he learns invaluable life lessons that will ultimately make him a better doctor.

This is Kurland's memoir of his diagnosis, treatment, and return to health and "normal" life-an unforgettable testament to the resilence of the human spirit.

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Geoffrey Kurland, M.D., is a pediatric pulmonologist and director of the Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy Service, the Pediatric Pulmonary Transplant Program, and the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. This is his first book. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The diagnosis of Kurland's recurrent chest pain marked the beginning of a series of medical conditions, including leukemia and tuberculosis, that threatened the 42-year-old pediatric pulmonologist's life while forcing him to slow down and examine his relationships with his own patients. Kurland's remarkable medical journey, as recounted in this compelling memoir, paralleled his personal quest to run a 100-mile marathon through the mountains of California. Recalling patients who underwent harrowing treatments similar to those he now had to endure, Kurland realized that the necessity of these treatments didn't lessen their painful, terrifying, and humiliating reality. His epiphany regarding his former failure to understand the patient's perspective is deeply felt and communicated; anyone who has experienced the uncertainty of his own or a loved one's disease will find this account illuminating. Joining other excellent medical memoirs by physicians (Jamie Weisman's As I Live and Breathe, David Biro's One Hundred Days, and Robert Pensack's Raising Lazarus), Kurland's book is highly recommended for all public and medical libraries. Kim Uden Rutter, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
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