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My Own Medicine: A Doctor's Life as a Patient Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 11, 2002
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From Library Journal
The diagnosis of Kurland's recurrent chest pain marked the beginning of a series of medical conditions, including leukemia and tuberculosis, that threatened the 42-year-old pediatric pulmonologist's life while forcing him to slow down and examine his relationships with his own patients. Kurland's remarkable medical journey, as recounted in this compelling memoir, paralleled his personal quest to run a 100-mile marathon through the mountains of California. Recalling patients who underwent harrowing treatments similar to those he now had to endure, Kurland realized that the necessity of these treatments didn't lessen their painful, terrifying, and humiliating reality. His epiphany regarding his former failure to understand the patient's perspective is deeply felt and communicated; anyone who has experienced the uncertainty of his own or a loved one's disease will find this account illuminating. Joining other excellent medical memoirs by physicians (Jamie Weisman's As I Live and Breathe, David Biro's One Hundred Days, and Robert Pensack's Raising Lazarus), Kurland's book is highly recommended for all public and medical libraries. Kim Uden Rutter, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From The New Yorker
While training as a pediatric pulmonologist, Kurland told a patient, "I know how you feel" years later, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, he discovered just how untrue this was. A self-reliant type addicted to running ultra-marathons, he was unprepared for the feeling of powerlessness that beset him. Taking a bone-marrow sample, for instance, is unpleasant enough, but his terror of being on the receiving end makes him plead for extra painkillers. The way in which serious illness alters one's sense of self and of life is compellingly expressed in this energetic, nervy narrative, as Kurland's illness and eventual recovery collide with a host of profound shifts—a big career move, the death of a colleague, an unravelling relationship with his girlfriend, and a deepening one with his parents.
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is a easy to read, it's very insightful for those that don't quite understand the medical process and for those that do, we can chuckle at all the similar adventures we've been put through.
If you have a chance to read this book, I strongly recommend!