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The Patient in the White Coat: My Odyssey from Health to Illness and Back Hardcover – August 31, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 1 edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607146940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607146940
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When her life as a doctor, wife, and mother was interrupted by a surprising diagnosis of Hepatitis C, Kaplan began her odyssey. Still at the beginning of her medical career, she suddenly had to deal with a doctor who told her she "might" live to see her son's high school graduation. She tried experimental drugs that left her feeling awful. She experienced relapses twice before a third treatment finally cured her. In plain, sometimes clumsy language, Kaplan describes what will be to many a familiar story: waiting. Waiting for an appointment, the doctor, test results, or new treatments to become available. She also relates signing consent forms describing the many horrible side effects that might happen and which may or may not have been explained. In her experience Kaplan was surprised to find that "those closest to me - often because of their caring itself - backed away when I needed them most." Her story is engaging and honest; patients will relate, and physicians or students who haven't run the gauntlet of the medical system may learn what it's like to be on the other side of the stethoscope.
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About the Author

Rosalind Kaplan, M.D. earned her B.A. at Brandeis University (1982) and her M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1987). She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She also completed a clinical fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Association. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Kaplan is a regular speaker at support group meetings for sufferers of Hepatitis C. In addition, she is the facilitator of physician support groups based on a program called Finding Meaning in Medicine. She was listed as one of the top doctors for women in Philadelphia Magazine.

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It is one that will bring hope and inspiration to many suffering from all kinds of illnesses.
JJCOACH
This book is an excellent result of an MD being forced to navigate a system from the patient's perspective and the lessons she learned from the experience.
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Dr. Kaplan pulls back the covers on that revealing that strive as they can to do the best by their patients, inside they are human like the rest of us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJCOACH on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Kaplan gives the reader a candid glimpse into her battle with Hepatits C. From the perspectives of a knowledgeable physician and a frightened, yet determined patient, she details the physical and emotional effects of this potentially devastating illness and treatments.
She generously allows the reader to learn about the impact of her illness on her family and other relationships, and on her work life-including how it has informed her ideas about the importance of dr.-pt. relationship, and her way of practicing medicine.

Dr. Kaplan generously offers us a window into her heart, and her soul. We witness her grace and resilience under tremendous pressure. This is a story about the power of love and perseverance. It is one that will bring hope and inspiration to many suffering from all kinds of illnesses. I couldn't put it down.
I very highly recommend this book! The Patient in the White Coat should be mandatory reading for medical students and residents, and all others healthcare providers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bubbe on September 17, 2010
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Great review of the innermost feelings of a patient through the eyes of a caring physician. It is often difficult to visualize and feel the emotions of either a patient or a physician, during the encounters of illness. But it takes a special set of circumstances to feel both sets of emotions at the same time. The author has done this extremely well, and should enable many of us to better understand the struggles of both patient and physician in dealing with illness. A great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By art36 on September 16, 2010
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Generous sharing and revealing of writers heroic,educational and healing journey through Medical school,illness,motherhood and medical practice.
It reads easy,hard to put down as you are invited into her life.
As much difficulty she endured, her tenaciousness and love of family and medicine are heartfelt and inspiring.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Iyer on February 4, 2011
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We don't often think about what it is like for a physician to be a patient. Rosalind Kaplan had it all - a loving husband, a newborn son, an Ivy League medical degree and a promising career as a physician. She was fresh out of her residency when she contracted hepatitis C. This likely occurred in the emergency department, a place where blood freely flows and gloves are not always at hand. She transformed from confident caregiver to a terrified, isolated patient. Dr. Kaplan shares her story as she navigated through a maze of treatments, caregivers, experimental studies, and learned how to be her own advocate. She faced devastating side effects, indifferent physicians, and the risks of experimental treatment. She offers her hard-won insights in this book and provides inspiration to anyone caught up in a chronic illness. Her memoir is riveting and brutally honest.
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Dr. Kaplan is a physician with hepatitis C. In this book, she tells her story, honestly, and eloquently. This book is more of a memoir than a book about hepatitis C, so if you are a patient with this virus, keep in mind that this is one patient's experience. If you want to read a brave and revealing memoir, I recommend this.
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