A look at the emotional side of medicine - the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient care.
Physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life's most challenging moments. But doctors' emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of everyday practice have a profound impact on medical care. And while much has been written about the minds and methods of the medical professionals who save our lives, precious little has been said about their emotions.
In What Doctors Feel, Dr. Danielle Ofri has taken on the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how these directly influence patients. How do the stresses of medical life - from paperwork to grueling hours to lawsuits to facing death - affect the medical care that doctors can offer their patients? Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Ofri examines the daunting range of emotions - shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, occasionally despair, and sometimes even love - that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection. Drawing on scientific studies, including some surprising research, Dr. Danielle Ofri offers up an unflinching look at the impact of emotions on health care.
The stories here reveal the undeniable truth that emotions have a distinct effect on how doctors care for their patients. For both clinicians and patients, understanding what doctors feel can make all the difference in giving and getting the best medical care.
©2013 Danielle Ofri (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
In the university world, Medicine is thought to be the pinnacle of achievement by most "science" students (the brackets are a question of how many love science and how many actually just love the prestige and wealth that Medicine offers). This book opens the tightly sealed lid that covers the innards of Medicine: the achievement, the complexity, and the pitfalls outside of a simple diagnosis. Dr. Ofri seeks to show readers that doctors must always teeter on the narrow fulcrums of sensitivity and objectivity, emotional investment and emotional isolation, cooperation and independence, and etc. Physicians have it rough, or at least the ones that care. Really great book, here. I'll be back for more of her writing. Also, the narrator was vibrant, clear, and natural; I often found myself convinced that I was listening to Dr. Ofri herself.
I think this is great for medical students to read, but not for experienced caring doctors. To the physicians out there: It's essentially a story of how to feel for your patients again… If you feel very far from your ability to do that, then this is a good read for you. I felt it was like a review of the empathy taught in doctoring 1 of medical school. Her choice of words at times seemed out of place and awkward, but was overall well constructed. I felt she did touch on most areas of medicine that physicians struggle with emotionally.
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
No but no regrets
The entire pace of book lacked dynamics. No real change for ending.
While muti-tasking, good serial listen. No challenge to stop & pick up again.
The memoir lacks dimension & depth into the doctor whose story we hear (with jerky gaps). I found empathy topic quite interesting. Which doctors are or are not sued, good trivia info. Focus on two patients too narrow. Narrator very good.
I was particularly fond of Dr. Ofri's discussion of the research regarding physician empathy for their patients and how it varies widely among medical specialties. The chapter on physician disillusionment was also very good.
Their were a few stressful, anxiety-provoking passages that made me cringe. If these sections are difficult for you, I recommend you power through them. The rest of the book is worth it!
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