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Doctor Confidential: Secrets Behind the Veil Paperback – May 1, 2011
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Dr.Sheff, I feel, is a passionate, understanding and caring physician who is the model for this quote from Hippocrates;
"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity"
There are many reasons to like this book. I believe it's written for two audiences.
The private audience where an experienced doctor reveals to aspiring doctors full of youthful aspiration, the trials, tribulations and challenges of his own experiences so they can learn, without making the mistakes he made, and without having to undergo the stresses he underwent, and the cumulative and punishing nature of those stresses, and the havoc they can wreak on personal relationships. Perhaps there is also a salutary lesson about doctors who have compassion, and doctors who have lost their compassion for not only medical students, but also the patients to whom they owe the greatest degree of care. Some doctors possessing great doctor skills, lack other important skills which you will discover in this book.
The public audience for people such as myself, with no background in the medical field, but with a curiosity about what does go on behind the veil. Dr Sheff writes extremely well going from the abstract to incredibly detailed as necessary, as he reveals his medical experiences. I must say he relates the story in such a way that you identify with the character as if you were there, seeing what he sees, feeling what he feels, hearing what he hears. The book is extensively footnoted so that when a myocardial infarction, or tachycardia arises you can immediately read the full explanation.Read more ›
Richard Sheff, MD in his book DOCTOR CONFIDENTIAL: SECRETS BEHIND THE VEIL offers more information and insights into this burgeoning problem than any other book that has arrived for the public to read. That public should include patients, physicians, politicians, families of people trying to refrain from medical care for lack of money, insurance companies, and universities, colleges and medical schools. Sheff writes like a writer born, so intensely satisfying a read is this book. He offers his observations of the current medical dilemma by backtracking to his medical school days and in a most fascinating way he shares his responses to reacting to a cadaver in Gross Anatomy, to his rotations through Psychiatry, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and the threatening stage of choosing a Specialty to pursue. He then proceeds to take us through his experiences as an Intern, and Junior Resident , and then Senior Resident, and finally into his entry into his chosen field of Family Practice.Read more ›
Doctor Confidential: Secrets Behind the Veil by Richard A. Sheff spoke of his personal experiences of a young medical student all the way through to his senior residency. My father was a family doctor. He was back from WWII and going through med school when I was in elementary school so I think back to my memories of him and think about what Dr. Sheff went through.
Richard Sheff started medical school with the idea of being a psychiatrist because of his rewarding experience of leading groups in the past but something happened as he explored the different specialties. He explores what it is like to be on a seemingly endless schedule without refreshing sleep and treat so many people. What is the answer? Studies have shown that shortening the shifts does not work, that there are more hours. Why? Because the interns are seeing the same number of patients in fewer hours. What is the solution?
Dr. Sheff tells of doctors who made a game of humiliating their interns. A few of doctors make a game of it. Just as in law school. Is this the best way to teach? As an intern, he said that there are times of not knowing what to do yet being called on to do it. I think that his picture of what goes on during doctor training, points out many of the faults, the heartbreaks and feeling of empathy for patients on rounds. I agree with him. I have been seen on the rounds as a patient. It is humiliating. It does feel like you are being used and there is no regard for your feelings.
This book was written in 2011.Read more ›
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As a physician and contemporary of Dr. Sheff, the stories he tells, the emotions he experiences, and the spiritual journey he takes from first year medical student to senior... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by David P. Tarantino
A thoughtful, incisive and very well written account of the practice of medicine. Moves from examples of actual patient cases to generalised truths with skill. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Ellen
This book was fast to read and it kept my interest with the stories of his life in medicine. I especially enjoyed the idea he presented about the fact that you could Doctor all... Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by Book Him Danno
The warmth of Dr. Richard Sheff's writing shines through this account of his training as a family physician all the way through medical school and residency more than a quarter of... Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by L. C. Henderson
In "Dr. Confidential: Secrets Behind the Veil" Richard Sheff M.D. chronicles formative experiences from his years in medical school and during his residence. Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by Richard R. Blake
My son is a newly minted doctor fast approaching the end of his internship year. I've learned that, at this stage of his life and his training, time is something owed to others,... Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Sheila Deeth
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The title and even the sub-title do not prepare or even give an adequate hint of the powerful stories that await you in this book. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by John Chancellor