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This is the year that I am being buried in all the damn paperworks and I don't know if this is true for other medschools. And they say the sleepless nights aren't about to end until you retire from being a physician. You can try to help the suffering and mitigate their pain, but you must not feel it.
It's ironic, when you think about it, that doctors always tell their patients to reduce stress, to eat right, to exercise and to live life when they themselves have spent more than half of their lives locked up in their rooms, studying. It's no surprise that a lot of doctors are depressed. Being responsible for a person's life is a heavy weight to carry.
If there's one thing that I learned from this book, its that to be a doctor requires nerves of steel.
Superman ain't got nothing compared to the superpowers it takes to be a physician. So yeah, this is more of a review of being a doctor rather than the actual book itself, but hey, I think they're pretty much the same : Definitely one of my favorite books of all time. Ofri takes us into the swirling heart of patient care, telling stories of caregivers caught up and occasionally torn down by the whirlwind life of doctoring.
She admits to the humiliation of an error that nearly killed one of her patients and her forever fear of making another. She mourns when a beloved patient is denied a heart transplant. 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about What Doctors Feel , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 28, Derek Emerson rated it really liked it Shelves: While this latest work focuses on the emotions doctor's go through, Ofri's point is that those emotions impact care.
Learning more about what doctors feel can help, not only the medical profession, but patients as well. What becomes alarmingly clear is that little is done to help doctors deal with the range of emotions that run through them. As a result, doctors suffer burnout, patients are treated with more distance, and the medical profession as a whole suffers.
As medicine becomes more high tech, there exists the possibility that the distance will grow. Ofri cautions us not to be fooled by such possibilities. And when humans connect, emotions by necessity weave an underlying network.
Ofri shares the work of the 19th century physician and teacher, Sir William Osler, who encouraged young doctors to create a distance between themselves and the patient. The idea centers around the ability to make more logical decisions when the mind is not clouded by emotion.
Osler did not want the doctors to treat their patients as mere subjects, but he did not want them distracted from making clear medical decisions.
That training remains, and Ofri uses stories to tell about the times when ignoring the complete care of the patient, in the interest of medical care, led to disasters. Conversely, she shares stories of when doctors have failed to keep that emotional distance, and as a result, better decisions were made. Nevertheless, she bemoans "the consistent and depressing observation that medical students seem to lose prodigious amounts of empathy as they progress along the medical training route.
Grief, joy, sadness, guilt, shame, anger, and frustration are all part of the range any normal doctor, or person, will go through. What is different, is the intensity of the emotion.
If I make an error in this book review, I may feel guilty, but I do not carry the weight of causing the death of someone due to that mistake. Doctors do. Where the books wanders at times is when Ofri focuses too much on lawsuits and medical errors.
But her point in addressing those areas point out the feelings of guilt and shame that doctors experience.
Our tendency to sue for every real or supposed error, contributes to our own problems in the medical world. Doctors who feel safer making an emotional connection will provide better care for their patients. How we are to improve the system is not clear, but Ofri's intent seems to simply get the issue recognized.
There have been inroads made, and she highlights the work of Herdley Paolini at Florida Hospital, where they have developed a program to address the emotional needs of all their staff.
But, clearly, much work remains. While doctors and patients will benefit from reading Ofri's work, perhaps legislators and hospital administrators, those with the most power to change the situation, should read this book.
Regardless, Ofri's point is clear. When a doctor and patient interact, they are really two humans interacting.
Emotions will be part of the relationship. Perhaps we should pay more attention to what those emotions mean in the medical world. View 1 comment. Jun 28, Juli rated it it was amazing Shelves: I received this book as a First Reads winner on Goodreads.
It is an eye-opening account of the many issues that doctors face while trying to give good patient care. As patients, we expect to go to the doctor, have them listen attentively to our concerns, accurately diagnose us, while having a respectful, caring bedside manner. Yet, maybe the doctor is in the middle of a lawsuit and questioning every aspect of the care they give. Maybe one of their patients just died and they are grieving.
Maybe I received this book as a First Reads winner on Goodreads. Maybe they just made a medical error and are feeling the repercussions from that.
Not only will these issues affect the doctor, but the emotions involved and how the doctor handles them will have consequences for all future patients of that doctor. I wish every patient would read this book. As patients we expect all the best from our doctors without a thought of all the stress they have in their lives.
The long hours they put in, the immense amount of knowledge they are expected to keep on top of, and the fact that they have lives outside of being a doctor, too! Doctors are human beings and have emotions just like the rest of us.
I gave this book 5 stars because this is one that will stay on my mind for a long time. I found it very thought provoking. I will never have another interaction with a doctor without thinking of this book. Jun 28, Andi rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just narrated Dr. Ofri's book for Audible and am so honored to have been entrusted with this beautifully written, important book.
Whether you read or listen, you will come away from the experience with a much deeper appreciation for what our physicians and nurses go through as they begin and continue their careers in medicine. There were passages that brought me to tears, especially the passage about the nurse Eva and the infant she cared for.
As it happens, at the same time I was recording the I just narrated Dr. As it happens, at the same time I was recording the narration, we found out that my year-old daughter needed surgery involving an overnight stay in the hospital. While the condition was not at all life-threatening, our family was suddenly spending a great deal of time in the environment Dr. Ofri writes about so eloquently.
During the time I spent with my daughter in the hospital, I talked with several people on the medical staff about this book. The overnight nurse told me that her own month-old spent time in the ICU, and the experience forever changed her approach to nursing.
I look forward to Dr. Ofri's next book! Jul 04, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: An important book to read if you're a doctor, or interested in becoming a doctor.
Or if you know someone who wants to be a doctor. Or if you know a doctor. It's even useful if you ever plan to see a doctor. In short: As the title suggests, it's about the emotional life of physicians.
Ofri connects that theme to many aspects of the medical-care world. The lucid, penetrating, thoughtful, heartfelt, even heartbreaking prose gives us readers a banquet-for-thought about everything fro An important book to read if you're a doctor, or interested in becoming a doctor. The lucid, penetrating, thoughtful, heartfelt, even heartbreaking prose gives us readers a banquet-for-thought about everything from our relationships to our doctors to the Gordian knot of the American health-care system.
Jan 20, Vanessa Rogers rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this because I had realized that I'm over a quarter done my residency already and I fear I will never know enough to be useful to my patients. Were my fears assuaged? To put it bluntly, no, but the job of this book wasn't necessarily to take away my fear. It was just a relief to read actual stories of other residents and staff in the US and their experiences with mistakes, bad luck, and the pressures of being a physician.
All of the stories were relatable, and I felt my stomach sink and I read this because I had realized that I'm over a quarter done my residency already and I fear I will never know enough to be useful to my patients. All of the stories were relatable, and I felt my stomach sink and my heart race as they unfolded because I imagined myself in those same situations.
I don't think that all humour erodes empathy. I agree that there are degrees of humour that is deemed acceptable, but I do not believe her assertion that in general, medical jokes contribute to a loss of empathy throughout medical training. It's part of my style to have some fun with my job and relate to my patients and if that happens to be through humour, then think it's valuable.
The jokes made behind closed doors are sometimes coping mechanisms as Ofri insists but I don't think that this necessarily undermines the relationships that I build with my patients. Some people are harder to relate to than others but I can't say I've ever blamed it on the degree of inappropriate humour.
Read if you're interested to see how physicians actually respond to the traumas and stressors in their lives. Empathy goes both ways, and all of us are trying to do the best that we can; unfortunately when something goes wrong, this is often overlooked.
Oct 13, Sultana Alassaf rated it it was amazing. This was recommended by my sister and I think that it's a must read if you are a doctor or thinking of becoming a doctor. It demonstrates the human side of medicine it's really effective and touching. It shows you the doctor's emotions and feelings when they practice medicine, the fears, frustrations and nervousness that they face when performing their duties.
The old terminology for how good a doctor was with patients was "bedside manner". Now, of course, they rarely see you in your own bed All of these, though, have talked about how the doctor makes the patient feel. Very little consideration has been given to how the doctors themselves feel That's the topic of What Doctors Feel The old terminology for how good a doctor was with patients was "bedside manner".
Contrary to what a lot of people might want to think, doctors are human beings. As such, they have emotions unless something is seriously wrong , and those emotions affect them The author, a doctor, does a good job of presenting the gut-wrenching things with which doctors deal. Be warned that this is not an easy book to read. You can imagine the horrors that might happen in medicine. At one point, I considered being a veterinarian.
Someone said to me, though, "What are you doing to do if a customer is treating an animal in a way of which you don't approve With doctors, sometimes the issue is how patients are treating themselves , from drug abuse to negligence.
It's not just them: One of the best points in the book is the sudden jarring switch from a highly-regimented academic life in which you know exactly what you will be doing at what time of day to the chaotic, unpredictable life of medical internship and residency especially in hospitals. The people who are best at medical school may not at all be the people who are best in medical practice Shaming is a topic in the book. I think it's important to separate "shame" from "guilt", and that's addressed in the book.
Doctors are often shamed by the people who should be leading them.