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About the Author

"A man never stops being a soldier. In his lifetime, he should always be ready to defend his convictions and his beliefs." Such a message, given to Tadeusz Maciejczyk by his mother when he was a boy, does not promise an easy life, nevertheless they are wise words. They continue to shape his life.

Dr. Maciejczyk shares the search for truth and meaning that mobilized him to stand firm in the face of intense personal and professional trials. His book calls to anyone who still has a dream and is willing to plunge into the heat of battle to find his own road through the problems and conflicts of life.

Tadeusz Maciejczyk survived the horrors of Nazi-occupied Poland, actively participating in the Underground Home Army. After the war, he studied medicine at the University of Madrid, eventually coming to the United States to practice medicine. He now makes his home in a small village in Illinois where he paints, writes, and continues to see patients.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 740 pages
  • Publisher: WinePress Publishing; First Edition edition (June 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157921407X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579214074
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,853,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TB Koskie on January 17, 2008
Maciejczyk is stubborn. He has his beliefs and he is just unwilling to accept the ideas of others. For example, he refuses to think that health care should cost as much as it does. He bull-headedly thinks that doctors should be held immediately responsible for their decisions. And he's not afraid to, unflinchingly, not charge his patients more. In these letters both to and from public officials, hospitals, lawyers, and others, Maciejczyk shows us his struggle to fight the encroachment of insurance costs on our medical care. He writes his letters with eloquence and makes his position clear. He makes many convincing arguments against the then newfound practice of mandatory malpractice insurance and illustrates, clearly, that the ultimate cost for such a thing falls back on the patients.

The World Seen from the Distance of a Small Village is a kind of conversation about health care between the people who have to interface with it directly. Both sides make points that you can identify with. By using the letters themselves, Maciejczyk allows people to see the initial, uninterpreted perspectives of the parties involved, and to see first hand how the changes affected the lives of doctors. At times, the letters get repetitious, and some of the letters could probably have been omitted while keeping the message intact.

Due to the enormity of the subject and the length of time involved, it is best not to digest all in one sitting, which is fine because each letter is a very digestible unit of reading. It's great reading if you want to know more about health care, a very important issue in our times, and the personal, letter style of the book makes the material that much easier to access. It's worth a look.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia R. Whitney on January 19, 2007
I grew up in a small town about 10 miles from where Dr. Maciejczyk practices and he was, in fact, my parents' family doctor during the 70s and 80s. I knew him as a good man but I had no idea that he was such a prolific writer.

My brother gave me this book for Christmas and I am about a third of the way through it. It's a little difficult to read because of the language issue but it is interesting to see what has happened in the 20 years since he began those writings. Even if you have problems as you begin reading, stick with it. You get used to his language style and it begins to read more easily.

Dr. M was right on so many issues, especially those of the welfare state, the effects of malpractice insurance and government interference in healthcare delivery. I don't agree with all of his political viewpoints but I certainly can understand them.

He has a unique view on the world and it's well worth your time and effort to look at it.
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