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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478178302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478178309
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a remarkable assemblage of both pre-existing knowledge and novel approaches drawn from a multitude of sources, ranging from Hippocrates to contemporary studies of the medical community, Griner makes a case for the importance of the human aspects of treatment, which he illustrates with a plethora of anecdotes."
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Paul Griner is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y. He was also a Senior Lecturer at Harvard and Consultant at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Institute for HealthCare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass. Paul is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (with honor). He took his residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was then Chief Resident and Hematology Fellow at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. Paul is recognized nationally for his studies, in the 1970s, of quality of care, most particularly the cost, in dollars and lowered quality, of the excessive use of diagnostic tests and procedures. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and was President of a number of national medical organizations including the American College of Physicians. Teaching has always been Paul’s highest priority and his greatest privilege. He has been a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students, residents, fellows, and faculty. He was the recipient, in 1982, of the first mentor award given by the University of Rochester. He is the author of over 130 scientific publications. His book, The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine, is a work intended for both students of the health professions and the general public. It is an example of the use of stories to make a teaching moment memorable for the learner. Paul’s son and daughter are both college professors, carrying on a tradition of teaching that now spans four generations. His first wife, Mimi, died in 2005 and he is now happily married to Margaret, the widow of his late identical twin brother. He enjoys fishing, travel, golf, and his extended family which now includes an additional three children, thirteen grandchildren, and two great gran

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Dr. Griner's book is a very thought provoking and insightful view into the field of medicine and patient care.
Itsallok
Griner does an excellent job illustrating the importance of patient participation and its key to patient empowerment; a must in today's healthcare environment.
K. Colket
I would highly recommend it to anyone - but it should be required reading for all those interested in or currently in a medical precession.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maureen bisognano on December 21, 2012
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This book is an amazing compilation of stories about patient's experiences, from all walks of life, many educational levels and from diverse points of view. It teaches the need to understand the whole patient in order to give best care; we need to move from "what's the matter?" medicine to "what matters to you?" I read the whole book in one sitting...each story pulling you to a place where you can see how to make care better. And as important, the book describes the joys and challenges of being a health care professional.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Itsallok on November 26, 2012
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Dr. Griner's book is a very thought provoking and insightful view into the field of medicine and patient care. Having been on "both sides of the fence" as a registered nurse, a patient, and now teaching health promotion and disease prevention at the college level, I wish this book had been written some thirty-odd years ago! The experiences described with patients, their families, and fellow physicians, along with pondering the challenging questions at the end of each chapter, should be a part of every health professional's knowledge base. As a required text, "The Power of Patient Stories" would benefit students in nursing and medical schools, and, as most of us end up with some kind of hospital experience during our lifetime, would also give patients a valuable glimpse into the realm of medical decision making. I plan on using some select chapters as a basis for discussion in my course next semester. I have no doubt they will elicit some stimulating responses as well as promote learning and perspective. A good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CityGirl on October 26, 2012
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All medical students should read this insightful and absorbing collection of real-life stories by Dr. Paul Griner. In fact, they should keep it close and read it once a year -- they will be better physicians for it, and perhaps better humans too. Dr. Griner describes a series of medical and ethical dilemmas he has encountered in his six-decade medical career, during a time when physicians relied as much on conversation and observation as they did on lab tests to formulate diagnoses. The stories are fascinating -- each one a small human drama -- and can be read by the general public simply for their interest value. But they can also be used as teaching tools: Before telling the reader how he responded to each of these situations, Griner poses some probing questions that will help medical students think through their own responses to medical mysteries, ethical dilemmas, and difficult personal interactions. The stories also illustrate the value of careful observation and of listening closely to what patients have to say, a rapidly disappearing clinical skill. This book should become the Strunk & White of medical practice -- read and revisited often, for its pithy, entertaining, and wise teaching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Colket on October 26, 2012
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I came across Dr. Griner's book while searching for something to read that would be akin to my favorite Sunday sport, "Diagnosis" found in the NY Times Magazine. Griner's book, The Power of Patient Stories, did not disappoint. Covering his almost 60 years of experience as a physician and then administrator and written in the form of brief patient histories, the book is fascinating and hard to put down. The Power of Patient Stories is organized into four sections covering: ethics and professionalism, good bedside skills, learning moments and key challenges for today's medical schools. The chapter format consists of short patient histories and diagnoses, ending each with a series of thought provoking questions. I think the book is very relevant to today's healthcare discussion and the vignettes mirror the process that takes place today between the physician and patient. Griner does an excellent job illustrating the importance of patient participation and its key to patient empowerment; a must in today's healthcare environment. He also shows how technology and "humanism" can be successfully combined to create what he calls an efficient and cost effective medical system. In Part 1 of the book on ethics and professionalism, Griner addresses a puzzle that continues to plague physicians today: "It was clear what he wanted. The relief I had just provided would last for a few hours at most...I administered just a bit more morphine. He looked at me, smiled, then closed his eyes and peacefully slipped away." Some of his other stories are harder to digest: He discusses the impact that lack of sleep has on residents, in his day routinely working up to 115 hours per week: "For the life of me I couldn't get a needle into any of his veins.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MA King on December 12, 2012
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Last night I read The Power of Patient Stories from cover to cover. In the book, Dr. Paul Griner shares select patient experiences he has had during his 60 year medical career. At the end of each chapter he poses questions for the reader to consider on how they might have handled the medical or ethical situation in that story. I found the stories to be often heartwarming, fascinating, and enlightening into the decision processes of physicians. Reading the book as a non-medical professional, it made me realize how as patients we need to communicate with our healthcare providers and insist that they really listen to what we are saying. By sharing his valuable experiences and observations in this book, Dr. Griner is helping to prepare the next generation of healthcare providers to approach medicine in an ethical and patient and family-centered manner. It should be mandatory reading for all medical and nursing students! I would also strongly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in medicine.
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