Delivering Doctor Amelia: The Story of a Gifted Young Obstetrician's Error and the Psychologist Who Helped Her

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
“Voices are a soul’s signature,” says psychologist Dan Shapiro, who in his daily practice hears plenty of them. For all his expertise, he admits he’s still terrified that “someone will keep something from me, and when they tell me the truth, I’ll be useless.”

Treating other physicians has become one of Shapiro’s specialties. When the obstetrician Amelia Sorvino seeks his help—distraught that her own medical error could have injured a patient’s baby— Shapiro finds his talents as counselor and healer pushed to their limits. Session by session, he works to discover the sources of Amelia’s anguish--for his own sake as much as hers: he’s familiar with the burden of a doctor’s guilt, and he has seen how loss and trauma, if unchecked, can echo from generation to generation in a family. In this probing, intensely personal memoir, the words “Physician, heal thyself” assume a fresh and moving urgency.

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DELIVERING DOCTOR AMELIA: The Story of a Gifted Young Obstetrician's Mistake and the Psychologist Who Helped Her

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A fascinating view of the interactions between a psychologist and his patient during the therapeutic process. Shapiro (Clinical Psychiatry/Univ. of Arizona) specializes in physician-patient relations ... Read full review

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I enjoyed reading this book about a young obstetrician devastated by a mistake and the psychologist who treated her. How can she continue to live in the knowledge that her actions harmed a baby? Can ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Dan Shapiro is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Arizona, and the author of Mom's Marijuana. An expert on physician self-care and physician-patient relationships, he has been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, and on ABCNews.com. He lives in Tucson. For more information, visit Dr. Shapiro's website at www.danshapiro.org.

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