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Delivering Doctor Amelia: The Story of a Gifted Young Obstetrician's Error and the Psychologist Who Helped Her Paperback – July 13, 2004
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"A terrific read: deeply touching, keenly analytical and warmly amusing. No reader will come away unaffected. And no reader will fail to gain new understanding of the intricate web of skills and attitudes--mind and heart--that constitute a good doctor." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Masterful storytelling. . . . Amelia's secret keeps the pages turning. . . . A fly-on-the-wall peek into a doctor-patient relationship. . . . a well-written, suspenseful story." --Austin Chronicle
"Like Oliver Sacks, Shapiro presents this medical case and its professional analysis from a unique perspective that the public seldom shares. His book is highly recommended for its naked revelations of the medical and psychiatric professions and its truths about the human condition, our frailties, and our vulnerabilities." --Library Journal (starred review)
“There are a few gifted doctors and therapists–the neurologist Oliver Sacks comes to mind–who manage to bring the narrative skills of a novelist to their discussions of the disorders that plague the human body and spirit. Dan Shapiro . . . appears to be one of them.” –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Shapiro clearly shines as a gifted physician and an expressive author. His writing ambles competently from page to page, dishing insights in carefully measured, melodic prose. The underlying message is one of human frailty, compassion and a better understanding that we all are somehow responsible for one another.” –Rocky Mountain News
“By plying his own hard-won wisdom at having been both terrified patient and uncertain healer, he succeeds not only in ‘delivering’ Dr. Amelia but also a compassionate and stirring look at the inner lives of medical professionals.” –St. Louis Times Dispatch
“Dan Shapiro . . . is a psychologist who specializes in treating troubled physicians. The message is important: Doctors are not omnipotent. As human beings, they sometimes make mistakes and need healing of their own.” –Atlanta Journal Constitution
“In a choice reminiscent of Kay Redfield Jamison in An Unquiet Mind, Shapiro writes about his own responses to Dr. Amelia's revelation. . . . Each season, book after book rolls toward the public pregnant with ruin. Here is a rare story about healing that seems earned.” –The Plain Dealer
“Honest and perceptive. . . . A very sensitive and engrossing medical memoir.” –Publishers Weekly
“[Shapiro] preserves an important message: Doctors are human beings who falter sometimes and must find solace before they resume their lives.” –Arizona Republic
“A fascinating view of the interactions between a psychologist and his patient during the therapeutic process. . . . A revealing narrative of self-discovery.” –Kirkus Reviews
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I hate when people ruin stories so I won't give away the ending, but I will say that the book pays off -- I cried at the end.
However, as Shapiro's work shows, all it takes is one bad outcome to shake a physician to their core and turn their life upside down. This should be required reading for anyone associated with the healthcare feild as it shows how insidious our litigious society is for the Doctor's who devote their lives to caring for us. This book really opened my eyes to how slippery the slope of malpractice is and how it harms both parties as they are drug through a maze of litigaiton by their lawyers.
This book is accessible for both the physician and the lay person.
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Great medically narrative. He made me really care about the main character. Good amount of humor and thrills thrown into the mix.Published on March 21, 2013 by A_new_Goldman
I recently attended the 2010 APHON conference in Minneapolis, MN. Dan Shapiro did the clsoing talk and was so energiszing that I had to get this book as well as Mom's Marijuana. Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by charm