Incidental findings: lessons from my patients in the art of medicine

Front Cover
Beacon Press, Mar 3, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages
12 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine

User Review  - Kbeckermann - Goodreads

This is a wonderful book on so many levels. The humour, observations, and honesty made me stop and reflect on the interactions I have with different people and the incidental findings I have had over ... Read full review

Review: Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine

User Review  - Calamus - Goodreads

Dr. Ofri may not have House's attitude or Meredith Grey's love life, but she captures the drama of the hospital as well as any Hollywood scriptwriter. Told in mostly chronological vignettes, Dr. Ofri ... Read full review


PROLOGUE Incidental Findings
THIRTEEN Emigration

2 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of Singular Intimacies (Beacon / 7252-4 / $24.00 hc), is an attending physician at Bellevue and the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review. She is currently a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Bibliographic information