Incidental Findings

Incidental Findings

Lessons From My Patients in the Art of Medicine

Book - 2005
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Random House, Inc.
In Singular Intimacies, which the New England Journal of Medicine said captured the "essence of becoming and being a doctor," Danielle Ofri led us into the hectic, constantly challenging world of big-city medicine. In Incidental Findings, she's finished her training and is learning through practice to become a more rounded healer. The book opens with a dramatic tale of the tables being turned on Dr. Ofri: She's had to shed the precious white coat and credentials she worked so hard to earn and enter her own hospital as a patient. She experiences the real'slight prick and pressure' of a long needle as well as the very real sense of invasion and panic that routinely visits her patients.

These fifteen intertwined tales include "Living Will," where Dr. Ofri treats a man who has lost the will to live, and she too comes dangerously close to concluding that he has nothing to live for; "Common Ground," in which a patient's difficult decision to have an abortion highlights the vulnerabilities of doctor and patient alike; "Acne," where she is confronted by a patient whose physical and emotional abuse she can't possibly heal, so she must settle on treating the one thing she can, the least of her patient's problems; and finally a stunning concluding chapter, "Tools of the Trade," where Dr. Ofri's touch is the last in a woman's long life.

Houghton
In Singular Intimacies, which the New England Journal of Medicine said captured the “essence of becoming and being a doctor,” Danielle Ofri led us into the hectic, constantly challenging world of big-city medicine. In Incidental Findings, she’s finished her training and is learning through practice to become a more rounded healer. The book opens with a dramatic tale of the tables being turned on Dr. Ofri: She’s had to shed the precious white coat and credentials she worked so hard to earn and enter her own hospital as a patient. She experiences the real “slight prick and pressure” of a long needle as well as the very real sense of invasion and panic that routinely visits her patients.

These fifteen intertwined tales include “Living Will,” where Dr. Ofri treats a man who has lost the will to live, and she too comes dangerously close to concluding that he has nothing to live for; “Common Ground,” in which a patient’s difficult decision to have an abortion highlights the vulnerabilities of doctor and patient alike; “Acne,” where she is confronted by a patient whose physical and emotional abuse she can’t possibly heal, so she must settle on treating the one thing she can, the least of her patient’s problems; and finally a stunning concluding chapter, “Tools of the Trade,” where Dr. Ofri’s touch is the last in a woman’s long life.


Baker & Taylor
The National Public Radio essayist shares fifteen tales of life in the medical profession, covering a wide range of issues, including abortion, psychological abuse, and suicide, always with humor and pathos. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2005.
ISBN: 9780807072660
0807072664
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 23 cm.

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Feb 03, 2018

Interesting, her stories of how she sees and hears patients are just what I wonder about. Is s(h)e really listening to me? Do they realize I have a life I am trying to lead, house payment I am trying to make, parents I am trying to take care of? Do they understand that I am not stupid, exaggerating, wouldn't be here unless there was a problem, need all the info? It is good to her the doc's side of the story, what colors their perception, ability to diagnose and treat and how they made it through all that schooling.

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