The Soul of the Physician: Doctors Speaking about Passion, Resilience, and Hope

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AMA Press, 2002 - Medical - 306 pages
Emotionally supportive and encouraging, The Soul of the Physician will inspire and rejuvenate physicians -- mind and soul. Through face-to-face, personal interviews, the authors capture powerful stories of physicians' personal struggles and triumphs. An anecdote to professional and personal loneliness, The Soul of the Physician comprises stories of physicians speaking what's in their heart. As physicians struggle to deal with feelings of isolation typical of the profession, these stories will help them find a sense of community with their colleagues.

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The website for the Tennessee Medical Foundation(TMF) has no mention of Dr. Gary Olbrich, one of the wounded healers in this book. This organization, based on the Alcoholic's Anonymous program, is denying that Gary Olbrich ever existed, strange for an organization that confronts denial in doctors. They say they have only had two medical directors since their inception in 1978, Dr. David Dodd, and Dr. Roland Gray, yet Dr Olbrich's contribution to this book is about his time in the TMF. Dr. Olbrich was in Tennessee five years from 1996-2001 when he was precipitously removed from his position at the TMF due to his character pathology. Dr. Dodd, the first medical director described Dr. Olbrich as a "psychopath", and was instrumental in having him removed. It is a disservice to your readers, and actually a disgrace, that Dr. Olbrich can deny his past, and lie about what his true character actually is. He is certainly very "wounded", though not in the way he describes. This book can not be recommended simply for its allowing such a poor character to grace its pages. Are the other stories equally as false?  

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