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About the Author

Richard Sheff, MD is a family physician with over 30 years of experience in medicine. He chose the specialty of family medicine because he wanted to see and treat patients as whole people whose illness and wellness are a result of the complex interplay of their biological, psychological, social, and cultural circumstances. The years have taught him that to this must be added recognition of each patient's spiritual circumstances if they are truly to be seen as a whole person, including understanding their illness and wellness.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Listen To Your Heart Press (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983081905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983081906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a bit apprehensive when I agreed to read and review Doctor Confidential: Secrets Behind The Veil. I hoped it was not written like a text book as some of these nonfiction memoirs tend to be. I was pleasantly surprised and once I started reading this book I was hooked. The story takes us from the time of Dr.Sheff's gross anatomy class in medical school to his senior residency. Dr.Sheff shares with the reader all the experiences in training, observing and treating patients. This book reads very much like a novel and takes the reader through years of no sleep, caffeine ladden days and nights, some not very nice physicians and patients. Dr.Sheff was able to find his niche as to what kind of specialty he wanted to pursue after med school after interning in areas such as psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology. I have always loved reading books that had anything to do with the medical field, mostly fiction though but I definitely enjoyed this book. This would be a great book for anyone who is in medical school and even the layperson who is interested in the education and training of a physician.

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"
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If you are a fan of medical procedurals such as ER or maybe Grey's Anatomy, I think you will love book. Even if you are not a fan, and I admit I am not, not really, I think you will find this book fascinating.

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.
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Debates and political shenanigans abound as an attempt is made to improve health care in America. Daily breakthroughs in scientific advancements suggest that the unconquerable beast of disease and death is being diminished: daily articles about the high and ungainly costs of receiving medical care are eluding us. Internet and all media flood the public with news of hospital and physician errors that result in astoundingly long and expensive legal action, the monies from medical malpractice suits elevate the physicians insurance premiums, pad the pockets of lawyers and tickle down to patients, and we can only as 'Why?'

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.
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I was a little bit leery of this book because of the title. I tend to shy away from any book with "confidential" in its title. But instead of the sensationalism that confidential is often means it was a more of a "between you and me" situation.

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.
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