The book is fine, somewhat interesting but not really captivating It lacks the intense feelings and excitements I got when reading Gawande s books Nevertheless, there are stories from faraway lands like Alaska and Africa you may enjoy.The WWAMI system seems promising, maybe we can try it here, in Vietnam so that the burdens on many central hospitals are lessened, patients get better healthcare, and doctors can do their job efficiently. Audrey Young is on staff at Harborview Hospital here in Seattle The book is about her beginning days as a medical student, intern and resident in part, this book was written for young people entering the medical field but it is also appealing to the average patient or reader I was pleased to learn about her thoughtful approach to patient care and how she reached this path by carefully observing patients lives and listening really listening to their descriptions of their lives It became obvious to me that a discerning and caring doctor can pick up so much detail about a patient than mere medical facts I think it s helpful to patients as well because it enables them to consider their doctor in depth and to seek a doctor with empathy and concern as well as medical knowledge. Do Sleek High Tech Hospitals Teach About Medicine And Less About Humanity Do Doctors Ever Lose Their Tolerance For Suffering With Sensitive Observation And Graceful Prose, This Book Explores Some Of The Difficult And Deeply Personal Questions A Year Old Doctor Confronts With Her Very First Dying Patient, And Continues To Struggle With As She Strives To Become A Good Doctor In Her Travels, The Doctor Attends To Terminal Illness, AIDS, Tuberculosis, And Premature Birth In Small Rural Communities Throughout The World A very thoughtful memoir of Dr Young s medical school rotations in various parts of the WAMI region An easy, enjoyable read I appreciated how she put so much effort into reflecting on her experiences and trying to understand how interactions with patient s impacted her. This book would be 5 stars if it is the type of book you like I just prefer patient stories. Great book and gave some fun insight into the medical field but probably wouldn t be of interest to those beyond it. What Patients Taught Me by Dr Audrey Young was an incredible look into medical school rotations Dr Young spent her rotations in drastically different places from Seattle hospitals to rural clinics to Africa Each place had different stories and different people Each story touched me a different way and gave me insight into what it means to be a doctor.This book was full of true stories, some I couldn t even believe happened to real people But they did And that is what makes this book so powerful Everything in it is real These are real people Real people who were sick and either made full recoveries or went on to a better place I cried, and I laughed It made me feel a wide range of emotions It was truly invigorating.I devoured this book and wished I had read it slower so that I could have digested each story before rushing onto the next one But it was so captivating that I couldn t stop I had to read about the next patient, the next place I read this in one day, when I knew I definitely should have been studying for my exams.My pre med adviser suggested this book to me, and I m glad she did It was heartwarming and gave me a picture of what my medical school experience could be and maybe should be I know I ll take this book with me when I go on to medical school and read it slower the next time around so that I can let each story engulf me and change me if only slightly. Excellent I liked it a lot than The House of God It s hopeful and optimistic She talks about the good aspects of being a doctor as well as the bad tough hard parts She is part of this cool program at the University of Washington called WWAMI, which stands for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho.The school sends the medical students to rural clinics and hospitals in these places the author also did a rotation in Swaziland to learn about rural medicine Practicing medicine in places where there are very few doctors sounded very exciting and like a completely different experience than what has now become the traditional method of practicing a sub specialty in urban centers.Again, like the few medical books I ve read lately, it makes law look like Nerf ball But what a great life s calling After hearing that many foreign doctors practice in my home town, Yakima, because it is considered an underserved rural community medical wise I was interested in reading What Patients Taught Me because it related the experiences of the author in a medical education program run by the UW to increase the numbers of general practitioners in rural regions of Washington, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana Apparently the program is successful Young writes very well about her experiences, although she sometimes spends a little purple prose imagining the lives of her patients after they walk out of her exam rooms In any case, I liked it, and I liked her attitude I am glad she is now teaching at the UW. Dr Audrey Young chronicles her varied clinical experiences through her medical school and training Participating in a program designed to encourage physicians to consider rural medicine, Dr Young travels from the bustling Seattle metropolis to the tiny town of Bethel, Alaska, for her first experience with real patients Among the heavily Yupik Eskimo population, she begins to glimpse the depth of the challenges that physicians juggle She discovers that the social and cultural context is vital to understanding the patient s story, a story that she, as a physician, needs to know in order to help relieve suffering, especially when it comes from a place that is foreign to her own experience.A later rotation in pediatrics takes Dr Young to Pocatello, Idaho Her idealism smacks against reality as she sees cases of domestic abuse and alcoholism, child abuse and shaken baby syndrome Despite anything she could do as a physician, she begins to realize how much that outside world mattered Her optimistic desire for a revolution where patients snap off their televisions, quit smoking, protect their homes with dogs rather than guns, and ease down from the excesses of the American diet is tempered by her realization that life is often messier and grayer than that Dr Young continues to draw touching and poignant vignettes Of her internal medicine rotation is Missoula, Montana where she learns from Martha and Milo that there was such a thing as dying a good death Of John and Ginny who decide not to continue John s chemotherapy against an aggressive cancer so they can go back to the ranch and enjoy our lives, have one wonderful summer Of the vast chasm that exists between first world and third word when she practices in Swaziland poverty, lack of basic medical supplies like penicillin, the high incidence of HIV and tuberculosis but the commonalities of the human element Through her experiences across the Pacific Northwest and the world, Dr Young concludes that doctoring is a human act From her time in Swaziland, in particular, she embraces the belief that a doctor who sees suffering must act, rejecting the choice of not acting, even when futility and risk run high What Patients Taught Me conveys not only her awareness of, but also her reverence for the sacred, intimate, vulnerable moments of every human life.For book reviews, come visit my blog, Build Enough Bookshelves.
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