Under My Skin: A Dermatologist Looks at His Profession and His Patients

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Hillcrest Publishing Group, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 226 pages
Under My Skin presents a practicing dermatologist's sensitive and humorous reflections on medical practice, health care, bureaucrats, and the very different ways doctors and their patients look at health and disease. Besides being informative, author (and dermatologist) Dr. Alan Rockoff offers in Under My Skin a witty take on skin medicine, a field some people think is as superficial as the organ it works with. Rockoff begs to differ, and sets a delightful tone to describe both the gratifying and annoying moments that come with daily practice. Rockoff also tells tales both droll and touching of people who have shared with him not just their skin problems but their personal lives, quiet hopes, and deepest fears. With 30 years of medical practice under his belt, Rockoff combines wit, candor, and empathy to present a unique perspective on the ins and outs of dermatology and the patients who make practicing it worthwhile. Whether you've been a health professional or ever consulted one - or if you've worked in most any profession - you will relate to Rockoff's tales of workplace joys and follies. From embarrassing doctor's office situations to tips on using an assortment of medications, this highly enjoyable read is bound to get under any reader's skin.
 

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Contents

Starting Out
1
Googled You
7
Instructions
11
The Cream Wont Rub Off
15
Mistakes
18
Youre Wonderful Doctor
22
Short Notice
25
Accentuate the Positive
29
Incoherence
159
Making Sense of People
163
Cheaper Insurance
166
While I Have You
168
Terminal Crankiness
171
Life Gets in the Way
174
Dont Have Health Insurance
177
BadNews
181

Why Are You Prescribing That?
32
Dear Doctor Im the Specialist Your Patients Hairdresser Recommended
36
But Enough About You
41
Stacey The Invisible Exit Sign Private Narratives
42
Are You Sure?
44
Waiting Room Literature
48
Good Doctors
52
Dermatologic Drama
57
SelfAbsorption Lost to Followup Obsession Lost in Translation Denial Show Me Your Paw Skating Along the Surface Ménage You Missed a Spot
61
A Purely Cosmetic Procedure
185
Gifts
189
Underwear
192
The Pen
195
Have Found the Answer
197
Remarks to the Medical Youth Forum
201
About the Author
205
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