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Healing the wounds : a physician looks at his work

Author: David Hilfiker
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"'As a family practitioner in rural Minnesota, Dr. Hilfiker experienced professional burnout. He now works in two small clinics in Washington, D.C., and has written this account of the events. Rarely does the lay public get this view of the medical profession. Hilfiker details the frustration, stress, and fear of failure inherent in the practice of medicine and the fact that medical schools overlook the emotional
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hilfiker, David.
Healing the wounds.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1985
(OCoLC)560279740
Named Person: David Hilfiker; David Hilfiker
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Hilfiker
ISBN: 0394542835 9780394542836
OCLC Number: 12083021
Description: x, 209 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: David Hilfiker.

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"'As a family practitioner in rural Minnesota, Dr. Hilfiker experienced professional burnout. He now works in two small clinics in Washington, D.C., and has written this account of the events. Rarely does the lay public get this view of the medical profession. Hilfiker details the frustration, stress, and fear of failure inherent in the practice of medicine and the fact that medical schools overlook the emotional and human side of the physician during training. He explores why misunderstandings occur between doctor and patient and makes suggestions for what might be done to improve the relationship. Hilfiker has succeeded admirably in writing a book that will reach ``people on both sides of the medical experience.'"--Library Journal review.

"Healing the Wounds is the most revealing book ever written by a doctor about his own profession. In it, David Hilfiker breaks the silence surrounding the everyday practice of medicine and gives us a dramatically personal account of how the family doctor gets by in a world of spiraling information and high anxiety. Drawing on his years of rural and urban experience, Dr. Hilfiker lets us all know what it really feels like to be a doctor. What do you do when you make a serious medical mistake? Is it enjoyable to play God? What do you say to a patient who wants reassurance when the essence of diagnosis is uncertainty? What about money? What happens when your patient is taking forever, your waiting room's full, and you want to get home?"--Amazon.ca product desc. (2nd ed.).

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