《Bran-New + Winner Of The Nobel Peace Prize + Incorporating Modern Medical Science With A Sensitive, Humane, and Enlightened Approach Into Medical Care》Dr Bernard Lown - THE LOST ART OF HEALING : Practicing Compassion In Medicine
This insightful international bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM66.73. Now here Only at RM19. The real crisis in medicine today is not about economics, insurance, or managed care--it's about the loss of the fundamental human relationship between doctor and patient. In this wise and passionate book, one of our most eminent physicians reacquaints us with a classic notion often overlooked in modern medicine: health care with a human face, in which the time-honored art of healing guides doctors in their approach to patient care and their use of medical technology. Dr. Lown comments on how doctors do more than just treat disease, but heal a human being. That art, which has extended back millennia, is now being lost in the advent of technology and 'efficiency'. Through his many years of experience, he has developed many tricks and tools to build rapport and genuine connection with his patients. He has also observed profound insights into human nature and the human condition that only the most astute philosophers and literary giants have reached. I needed to read this book to remind myself why I wanted to be a doctor. The road is long, arduous and difficult, with many sacrifices. Drawing on four decades of practice as a cardiologist and a vast knowledge of literature and medical history, Dr. Lown probes the heart and soul of the doctor-patient relationship. Insightful and accessible to all, The Lost Art of Healing describes how true healers use sympathetic listening and touch to hone their diagnostic skills, how language affects the perception of illness, how doctors and patients can cultivate a relationship of trust, and how patients can obtain the most complete and beneficial care through a combination of healing techniques and conventional practices. As Dr. Lown explains, the art of healing does not mean abandoning the spectacular advances of modern science, but rather incorporating them into a sensitive, humane, enlightened approach to medical care. With its urgent message and poignant, fascinating vignettes, The Lost Art of Healing is a book of vital, universal importance. Too many well-trained, well-credentialed doctors fail to take a careful patient history, indulge in rampant overuse of technology and excessively prescribe drugs that result in death or disability, charges Lown, a cardiologist and professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School. In these gracefully written essays, full of interesting vignettes and case studies drawn from his 45 years of practice, he urges doctors to practice attentive listening, to desist from using intimidating language and to pay attention to the emotional stresses in patients' lives. Keeping an open mind toward alternative medicine, Lown describes his partially successful treatment in China with acupuncture for his severe back pain. He also looks at the challenges of caring for the elderly and shares helpful insights on death and dying. His stimulating inquiry is sound medicine for doctors and patients alike. It was an inspiring read. A reminder to all medical students that knowledge and academic grades are merely one part of their learning experience. Understanding human qualities such as empathy, compassion and the human condition must be reinforced and developed in conjunction with the scientific knowledge of their studies and training. ---------------------------------------------------- Review From Library Journal : Despite huge technological advancements, today's medicine is in a state of crisis, claims Lown (professor emeritus in cardiology at Harvard and cofounder of Physicians Against Nuclear War). Emphasizing that nothing can replace listening and careful history taking, Lown laments that doctors have now substituted technology for taking time with the patient, shifting their medical focus from healing the patient to curing the disease. In a teaching style reminiscent of Sir William Osler, Lown extracts from his 50 years of medical practice case histories and examples of the clinical wisdom that enable a doctor to comprehend essential medical problems. Despite his Oslerian call to return today's depersonalized medicine to the art of doctoring, he evinces little optimism that his wisdom will be heeded in this age of Medicare and managed care. Recommended for all medical collections. Review From Booklist : Cardiologist Lown combines autobiography with a plea for thoughtful and individual medical care of each patient. Although he draws his case illustrations from 40 years of practice and research, his is no nostalgic voice reporting from some comfortable ivory tower. He vigorously opposed the traditional prolonged bed rest for heart patients, pioneered in the establishment of cardiac care units, invented direct current cardioversion, which has saved many lives, and made other valuable contributions. He was one of the first Western physicians to visit China and later benefited from acupuncture treatments. In 1985 he and a Russian physician, cofounders of Physicians Against Nuclear War, received the Nobel Peace Prize. Healing, he asserts, has been replaced in his time by treating, caring by managing, and the art of listening by technological procedures. He points out that malpractice cases are not the cause of what ails U.S. medicine but are instead a symptom of the real cause--failure in the art of healing. Review From Kirkus : The engaging memoirs of a distinguished physician who uses human interest stories to get across his message that healing the patient must once again be the focus of medicine. A cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a co-founder of Physicians Against Nuclear War, Lown has some 45 years of experience in doctor-patient relations. In his view the crisis in health care today isn't about ballooning costs or malpractice suits but about the fact that ``medicine has lost its way if not its soul.'' His central thesis is that the medical profession has been losing its focus on healing, due in part to a romance with high technology. Lown, whose career has encompassed both research and clinical practice, acknowledges wryly that his own cardiological research has facilitated what he most deplores: the advance of technology and with it the depersonalization of medicine. Dr. Samuel A. Levine, Lown's mentor, appears in many of the stories here, for it was he who early on shaped Lown's ideas of what doctoring was all about. Stories featuring Levine demonstrate how the best diagnosticians combine the science of history-taking with the art of listening to the patient, and it is Levine who shows how the words a physician chooses can have a powerful impact on a patient's well-being. Lown, who has passed his 70th birthday, writes with compassion about the challenges of caring for the elderly, and his essay on death and dying should be required reading for all would-be doctors. Thoughtful essays and thought-provoking stories offering hope that medicine has not yet entirely lost its human face. ------------------------------------------------------ About the Author Bernard Lown, MD, is Professor Emeritus at the Harvard School of Public Health and senior physician (ret.) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is the founder of the Lown Cardiovascular Group and the Chairman Emeritus of the Lown Institute.
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