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The Patient in the White Coat: My Odyssey from Health to Illness and Back Hardcover – August 31, 2010
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When her life as a doctor, wife, and mother was interrupted by a surprising diagnosis of Hepatitis C, Kaplan began her odyssey. Still at the beginning of her medical career, she suddenly had to deal with a doctor who told her she "might" live to see her son's high school graduation. She tried experimental drugs that left her feeling awful. She experienced relapses twice before a third treatment finally cured her. In plain, sometimes clumsy language, Kaplan describes what will be to many a familiar story: waiting. Waiting for an appointment, the doctor, test results, or new treatments to become available. She also relates signing consent forms describing the many horrible side effects that might happen and which may or may not have been explained. In her experience Kaplan was surprised to find that "those closest to me - often because of their caring itself - backed away when I needed them most." Her story is engaging and honest; patients will relate, and physicians or students who haven't run the gauntlet of the medical system may learn what it's like to be on the other side of the stethoscope.
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About the Author
Rosalind Kaplan, M.D., earned her B.A. at Brandeis University (1982) and her M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1987). She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She also completed a clinical fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Association. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Kaplan is a regular speaker at support group meetings for sufferers of Hepatitis C. In addition, she is the facilitator of physician support groups based on a program called Finding Meaning in Medicine. She was listed as one of the top doctors for women in Philadelphia Magazine.
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It reads easy,hard to put down as you are invited into her life.
As much difficulty she endured, her tenaciousness and love of family and medicine are heartfelt and inspiring.
She generously allows the reader to learn about the impact of her illness on her family and other relationships, and on her work life-including how it has informed her ideas about the importance of dr.-pt. relationship, and her way of practicing medicine.
Dr. Kaplan generously offers us a window into her heart, and her soul. We witness her grace and resilience under tremendous pressure. This is a story about the power of love and perseverance. It is one that will bring hope and inspiration to many suffering from all kinds of illnesses. I couldn't put it down.
I very highly recommend this book! The Patient in the White Coat should be mandatory reading for medical students and residents, and all others healthcare providers
I would recommend this book to anyone! I feel like anyone undergoing medical training should definitely read it. However with Dr. Kaplan's unique perspective and elegant prose, it's accessible and appealing to a wider audience. Read it!
Anyone who has been through a major medical crisis or has a current diagnosis yet uncured illness will be able to relate to Dr. Kaplan's emotions and thoughts towards her diagnosis, treatment, and eventual recovery from Hepatitis. Her simple style makes her easy to understand and by example offers readers hope that with time, patient, and knowledge good things can come from seemingly impossible odds. But most importantly, she helps the reader understand how they can be an advocate for themselves.