Lux Humana – Book of the Week 46 / 2010 : When doctors become patients

Robert Klitzman: When doctors become patients, (2008)

Publisher description:

“For many doctors, their role as powerful healer precludes thoughts of ever getting sick themselves. When they do, it initiates a profound shift of awareness – not only in their sense of their selves, which is invariably bound up with the ‘invincible doctor’ role, but in the way that they view their patients and the doctor-patient relationship. While some books have been written from first-person perspectives on doctors who get sick, never has there been a systematic, integrated look at what the experience is like for doctors who get sick, and what it can teach us about our current health care system and more broadly, the experience of becoming ill. The psychiatrist Robert Klitzman here weaves together gripping first-person accounts of the experience of doctors who fall ill and see the other side of the coin, as a patient. The accounts reveal how dramatic this transformation can be – a spiritual journey for some, a radical change of identity for others, and for some a new way of looking at the risks and benefits of treatment options. For most however it forever changes the way they treat their own patients.These questions are important not just on a human interest level, but for what they teach us about medicine today. While medical technology advances, the health care system itself has become more complex and frustrating, and physician-patient trust is at an all-time low. The experiences offered here are unique resource that point the way to a more humane future.”

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Book Reviews:

Ira B. Wilson

Journal of Clinical Investigation, vol. 118, no. 5, s. 1588

Janet R. Gilsdorf

NEJM, 358 (12), s. 1309-10

Peter Lewis

Family Medicine, October 2009, vol. 41, no. 9,  s. 670-671

Caitlin E. Slodden

Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 31, no. 5, s. 780-781

Straddling Kingdoms

Charles R. Meyer

Minnesota Medicine, April 2009

Tara Parker-Pope

The New York Times, February 8, 2008

Articles by Robert Klitzman:

“Patient-time”, “doctor-time”, and “institution-time”: Perceptions and definitions of time among doctors who become patients

Patient Education & Counseling. 66(2):147-55, 2007 May

“Post-residency disease” and the medical self: identity, work, and health care among doctors who become patients

Perspectives in Biology & Medicine. 49(4):542-52, 2006

Views and approaches toward risks and benefits among doctors who become patients

Patient Education & Counseling. 64(1-3):61-8, 2006 Dec

Improving education on doctor-patient realtionships and communication: lessons from doctors who become patients

Academic Medicine. 81(5):447-53, 2006 May

Challenges and changes in spirituality among doctors who become patients

Social Science & Medicine. 61(11):2396-406, 2005 Dec

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