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Advice to the Healer
On the Art of Caring
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Main description:

This book introduces the origins of important teachings that form the basis of medicine and related healing professions. Reinforcing the humanistic side of patient care, this book replicates the tips, anecdotes and aphorisms often related by mentors and educators to medical students, residents, and young physicians. This book provides numerous examples of best practices in the art of medicine, profiles of great healers throughout history and around the world, and stories sure to inspire any practicing healer, whether they are new to the calling or a seasoned veteran.


Discusses both the art and the science of medicine

Presents fascinating people from throughout medicine's history

Speaks to the heart and soul of the healing professions

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Clinicians--physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others--share the unique responsibility of patient care and the limitless fulfillment this calling can provide. The healing professions have an ancient and venerable tradition of service, honor, and humanism that is often communicated from teacher to student in anecdotes and bits of wisdom told quickly in passing. Gathering together this type of valuable information in one place, Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring, Second Edition, includes biographies of historical luminaries in medicine, tales from everyday practice, inspirational quotes and artwork, and advice for new and veteran healers alike.

"Today, when medical education short-changes basic clinical skills in favor of technology, when many young clinicians seem to view medicine as a trade instead of a calling, and when we see practicing physicians hawking their services on roadside billboards, it is refreshing to read a book that extols medicine's rich history and traditional values." --Robert B. Taylor, MD, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University


Introduction.- Ancient Times.- Chinese and Medieval Medicine.- The Twentieth Century,- Modern Masters.- Survival Tips for the Young Clinician.- Civility.- Lessons Learned from Private Practice.- A Doctor's Journal.- Heal thyself.- The Healer.


ISBN-13: 9781461451693
Publisher: Springer (Springer US)
Publication date: November, 2012
Pages: 200
Weight: 243g
Availability: POD
Subcategories: General Issues, General Practice


Richard Colgan, MD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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From the reviews of the second edition:

“Dr. Colgan has given us a valuable and unique guide. This book is for every student and practitioner in medicine or nursing as well as all who wish to understand medicine. The author is a well-respected educator and clinician. … This is an outstanding book, one which may be overlooked by many in the crush of everyday practice, but which will help many put the challenges and problems of the field of medicine into proper perspective.” (Vincent F. Carr, Doody’s Book Reviews, May, 2013)