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Reflections and insights on healthiness, sickness, and healingNow in paperback for the 1st time, a section of My brain brings jointly revealing own essays that first seemed within the magazine of the yank scientific organization (JAMA). those engrossing, relocating vignettes--written through physicians, sufferers, relations, clinical scholars, and others--offer a special glimpse into the standard stories and relationships within the scientific world.Baring their souls and commencing their hearts, the authors percentage their so much own moments, tales, and observations. you are going to listen from the intern who couldn't cover her feelings, incomes reprimand from her supervisors yet appreciation from her sufferers . . . meet an alcoholic whose indomitable spirit helped her defy the entire odds . . . event the heartbreaking comedy of a Monday morning HIV sanatorium . . . be encouraged by way of the oncology social employee who discovered a brand new love of existence in the course of her personal fight with breast melanoma . . . and research from the healthcare professional who discovered that by way of witnessing her sufferers' braveness she turned a greater physician.Compelling, touching, and now and then funny, a section of My brain bargains a deeper knowing of physicians, sufferers, drugs, and the easy human act of assisting one other person."These tales, dependent in technology, are transmitted to readers . . . after filtering via a human center . . . regularly succeeds in bridging technological know-how and the humanities."--William H. Foege, MD, Emory collage

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As a developing physician I’m learning that privacy can be respected too much, and that sometimes closeness is needed, even when it hurts. Healing Arts Lisa M. Lanzarone, MD T he ritual that gets me through the day starts with a jolt from REM sleep. First sound of the day: static from the clock-radio. First thought: another day of this dehumanizing internship. First sight: a whitewashed, empty face in the mirror. This is me. My mind has abandoned its search for meaning in my work on the medical wards.

This 3-year-old’s face was as pale as the blond curls matted to his sweat-drenched forehead. His thin arms propped him up as he bent forward chasing his next breath. By the time I had rotated onto pediatrics, three months after Danny’s admission, everyone, including Danny, had accepted his fate—he was going to die. Abnormal cells had leaked out of his kidneys and invaded his lungs, tearing apart the delicate honeycombed tissue and causing him to spew blood with every coughing spasm. As a new intern, I was chosen to play a role in only the last scene of this tragedy.

Out the door at 5:45 with no time to waste. In the harsh cold, I think of a woman, an old black homeless unknown with arachnoid fingers and a face wrinkled against the wind like an ancient tribal chief’s. Her image stays before me as I move along, by the five or so unkempt panhandlers strewn among their niches along the few blocks to the hospital. 20 Healing Arts 21 The PBJs reach their destinations quietly, as I tuck them into the sour wraps of these sleepy vagrants, who will remain unconscious until the first sunlight stings their swollen eyelids.

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