Just a reminder that this book is on the agenda for discussion next month. Hopefully we can get a few more to join in.
As encouragement, I'll blurb from a review
"Dr. Pearson relates a number of ... instances of hesitation, error, awkwardness, and confusion as she progresses through medical school. As I noted earlier, these are all standard student responses, as are the array of hostile, difficult, engaging, and grateful patients. What makes No Apparent Distress stand out is the author’s ability to bring her feelings and these characters to life. She also has a distinctive voice, an attractive mixture of naiveté, passion, sharpness, and common sense that hooks the reader and makes him keep turning pages."
This ties in with something worth keeping in mind for reading, the various relationships between doctors and patients. There is some tendency on both sides of the relationship to devolve (or default) to an interaction on a surface level, with the doctor as a mere provider of medical services and the patient merely a consumer of such services -- what Martin Buber termed an I-It mode of existence. What keeps doctors and patients from more often engaging on a personal level? To what extent is it desirable to overcome these barriers?
Anyway, those questions (and more) are on the agenda for next month. Please chime in if you'll be participating.
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