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The Boring Patient Paperback – August 8, 2014
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About the Author
R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.
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So I bought this book 2 days ago and loved going on his journey. His writing style is really engaging.
My brother-in-law went on this journey 20 years ago as a young country doctor with a young family. A very similar journey. He. Came out of it , changed his life and. Became a world expert on obesity, a leader in his field. At the same time that Dave was diagnosed so was my friend was diagnosed with Lymphoma but he developed a brian tumour and died in May.
So Dave , an inspiring man in the international world of making libraries more than repositories of books and media is challenging the medical fraternity. It was a great read following his emotions and feeling as he went on this journey.
It is a wonderful read and I recommend it to you. It makes you realise that life is for living everyday, don't put off what you dream of but grab the opportunity, take the risk and live life to the max. Smell the roses, watch the sunset and hug your family.........thanks Dave you make the world a better place.
The Boring Patient, by DR. R. David Lankes, is most importantly an interesting story that allows the reader to try and understand the experiences of another person. We spend so much of our life trying to understand other people and generally miscommunicating, that it is good to just sit and read (or listen to) someone’s experience uninterrupted. It allows us to refine our everyday listening skills and general empathic abilities. The Boring Patient will allow you to do this, all while being entertaining and emotionally accessible.
Lankes chronicles his experience with cancer, THUS FAR, and with poignancy and humor discusses things that we must do better as individuals, professionals, and as a society. This is not a scathing indictment of the medical profession, because many of his medical professionals were caring and competent. It is not a panegyric for all cancer survivors, because people will always have to choose how they react. It is, however, an open portrayal of a man who is concerned about dying, his devoted wife, young sons, mother, advisees, and many others. I related quickly to the author because of my own mother’s ten-year struggle, and eventual death from, Multiple Sclerosis. The author discusses his sons and how he is trying to be open and honest with them, and I just kept thinking about the honest explanation my mother gave me when I was fifteen. Keep being open and honest with them Dr. Lankes!
Lankes is a passionate writer that cannot escape the viewpoint that has consumed his professional career, and am I guessing, a big portion of his personal life. Lankes experiences cancer as an Information Scientist and his entire experience is narrated through that lens. My favorite passage illuminates the need to make sure that people are able to turn information into knowledge.
"Instead of informing users, we must see our job as helping a person to learn. Doctor, professor, teacher, librarian all can no longer believe that simply pushing information at someone and if necessary fixing it later is acceptable. When I learn, when I am “informed,” it is more than my memory and reason you affect. It is my emotions, my needs, my image of self."
"There is a responsibility for those in the professional services to see beyond a question, or a task, or an interaction, and into the person they seek to serve. This is why we do not have “customers” who can simply return an item they do not like. Nor consumers who vacuum up our output. Nor do we have “users” that might as well be reading off a glowing screen. We have students, and patients, and faculty, and neighbors who come to us with what seem like questions, but are really needs, aspirations, and dreams."
Knowledge is power, information is building blocks.
PS: The audio book is read by the author and lends itself to the style and humor of the author. It is well read and recorded.
This is not another victory speech from the finish line by a cancer survivor.
The combination of humor, criticism of the medical system, and description of an emotional cancer experience make this text multidimensional, and a quick read.
There are few references to the time frame in which the events occurred causing events to run together.
Overall, The Boring Patient is an overview of one patient's experience with cancer, but it doesn't read like the typical cancer memoir.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I laughed until I cried very real tears. Thank you Dr. Lankes.