The Midnight Meal and Other Essays about Doctors, Patients, and Medicine: And Other Essays About Docters, Patients, and Medicine

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Contents

The Midnight Meal
1
The Biomolecular Revolution
3
Can You Teach Compassion?
12
Coughs Clouds and Ice
20
Treating Chronic Illness
23
Patients as Teachers
30
Reassurance and the Warning on the Label
35
Defending the Common Cold
40
The Whole Truth?
76
AIDS
81
A Marriage Without Divorce
85
Shaky Evidence
88
A Critical incident
95
The Homeless Man on Morning Rounds
98
Numbers Numbers
102
Alternative Medicine
106

Asymmetry
44
On Drawing Blood
52
The Vital Signs
56
The Dummy and the Standardized Patient
60
Holding the Blood Gas Report
65
The Narrative Instinct
69
Bellevue Hospital
111
Afterword
119
Notes
121
Index
127
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