Bedside Manners: One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters Between Patient and He aler

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Crown/Archetype, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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In beautifully crafted vignettes, physician and NPR commentator David Watts explores the world of modern-day medicine and reveals the emotional truths and practical realities at the heart of the doctor-patient relationship. Bedside Manners is an engaging, often surprising investigation into what happens when we sit down and talk openly about vital issues of health and mortality.

Combining the grace and precision of a poet with the down-to-earth, compassionate manner of a doctor who deals with the problems of real people every day, Watts describes situations both odd and touching: the patient who stays awake during an endoscopy to ward off demons; the woman who recites poetry to get through a frightening treatment; the man who arrives at Watts’s office bearing Internet research on syndromes that have little to do with his own condition; and the seventy-four-year-old architect who faces a tough cancer diagnosis with dignity and courage.

Readers will come away from these tales of difficult diagnoses, irreverent colleagues, brave survivors, and examining-room poseurs sharing Watts’s own sense of humbled astonishment. As he tells each story, Watts closes for the reader the protective distance many doctors employ, and touches all of us who have felt vulnerable in the position of patient. Refreshing, wry, and reassuring, Bedside Manners holds important lessons for both healers and those who seek their help.


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Fun to read if you like doctor books, which I do. Definitely good writing but not a whole lot of finished stories. Read full review

Review: Bedside Manners: One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters Between Patient and Healer

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Fun to read if you like doctor books, which I do. Definitely good writing but not a whole lot of finished stories. Read full review

Contents

White Rabbits
3
The Doctor with Food on I is Shirt II
15
Circus
33
Attraction
50
Waiting to Be Served
67
Living It up at the Top of the Mark
81
Not Waving but Drowning
87
Mrs Robinson Eyes
103
When Crazy Gets Sick
146
The Girl in the Painting by Vermeer
153
You Saw It It Would Look Like a Tree Burning
188
PART FOUR
221
The Patient Nazi 2 31
231
The Two Stories 2 37
237
Alatidy Menage
246
56
256

Me and the IIEC
114
Her Language
129

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About the author (2007)

David Watts, M.D., is a poet and a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered. He has published three books of poetry and organized the Writing the Medical Experience workshops at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and at Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Mill Valley, California.


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