"Brill's writings and Lockshin's writings . . . are poetic, revealing, insightful, and at times shocking in their honest and frank discussion of aspects of chronic disease that are rarely brought out into the open." New England Journal of Medicine
"Dancing at the River's Edge . . . is about the trials and tribulations of chronic disease . . . you ought to get a copy and read it. You won't be able to put it down once you pick it up." Paul A. Volcker, former Federal Reserve chairman
"A must-read for anyone who has traveled to the 'other planet' that is chronic illness, or loves someone who is making this arduous journey . . . a life-affirming and deeply moving book." Nancy Matsumoto, staff contributor, People; former contributor, Health, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time; coauthor, The Parents' Guide to Eating Disorders
"A book unlike any other; this slim volume probes the intricacies of a magical relationship, that of a patient with her doctor. A heart-wrenching dialogue that carries profound and life-altering insights for us all." Dr. David Sachar, head of gastroenterology, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and world's leading expert on Crohn's Disease
"Delves into the intricacies and intimacy of chronic illness . . . it illuminates the spirit. Important for those suffering from chronic illness and [their] families." Lauren Shuler Donner, film producer, You've Got Mail and the X-Men series, a lupus patient
"Whether you are doctor or patient, you see a bit of yourself in [this book]. . . . It demonstrates how profound the bond between doctor and patient can behow much power it imparts." Susan Golick, founder, S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
"A deeply personal exploration on both sides of the medical scenethe patient who suffers and strives to retain her 'self,' and the physician who struggles to maintain a balance between knowing the truth while attempting to understand its implications." Virginia Ladd, president and executive director, American Autoimmune Diseases Related Association
"An extraordinary meditation on illnessa poetic, powerful and groundbreaking work that illuminates the resilience and strength of the human spirit." David Isay, executive director, Storycorps, and editor, Listening Is an Act of Love
Alida Brill is a sociologist, an essayist, and the author of several nonfiction books, including Dimensions of Tolerance, Nobody’s Business, and A Rising Public Voice. She lives in New York City. Michael D. Lockshin, MD, is one of America's preeminent experts in the long-term care of chronically ill patients. He is the director of the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a professor of medicine and obstetrics-gynecology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. He is the author of Guarded Prognosis and The Hospital for Special Surgery Rheumatoid Arthritis Handbook. He lives in New York City.
Alida Brill and Dr. Michael Lockshin bravely reveal their own realities in this lyrical book about living with chronic illness.
This unique book gives a simultaneous glimpse of what it means to be a person with chronic illness and a doctor who treats those with chronic illness.
I am almost done reading this book and have to say that it shows a very good perspective on seeing things from a patient's eyes and a doctors eyes.
I purchased by suggestion of a friend who thought there might be some medical advice that would be beneficial to me. Good book.Published 21 months ago by Cheryl T. Valentine
On October 28th I departed from New York City just before the hurricane struck. As I flew into the safety of Michigan, my adopted home, I left behind the city I love and my only... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nancy Schumann
This book was fantastic. I have a Chronic Illness as well. To read from a patient and Doctor's point of view was very enlightening.
Alida Brill first landed on the "other planet" of chronic illness at age 12. In those years of the early 1960s, when her symptoms were not easily diagnosed and second-wave feminism... Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Laura C. Overstreet
This book forced me to reconsider my views and prejudices when it comes to illness, which was an especially significant experience for me, as I have a chronic disease. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by ElisaQ
I too have a chronic illness. This book was recommended to me.When I ordered the book it came quickly and in perfect condition.The price was right too.Published on October 23, 2010 by beviej
I am almost done reading this book and have to say that it shows a very good perspective on seeing things from a patient's eyes and a doctors eyes. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by Joe R
Dancing at the River's Edge
As a person who is both a PhD in health care social work and a chronically individual, this is the first patient and physician written text, which... Read more
I would guess that most people don't know the rigors of living for decades with a chronic disease. We get the flu; we recover. A bone breaks, and it heals. Read morePublished on September 2, 2009 by R S Cobblestone