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Bedside Manners: One Doctor's Reflections on the Oddly Intimate Encounters between Patient and Healerby M.D. David Watts
Synopses & Reviews
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Have you ever wondered what life is like on the other side of the stethoscope?
Combining the grace and precision of a poet with a down-to-earth, compassionate manner, physician and NPR commentator David Watts reveals what it’s really like to be a doctor today. From difficult diagnoses, irreverent colleagues, brave survivors, and examining room embarrassments, Watts uncovers the world of contemporary medicine and shares the emotional truths and practical realities at the heart of every doctor-patient relationship.
Watts’s warmhearted and understanding attitude toward his patients—and their foibles—is evident on every page of this surprising, poignant, and intimate look inside the life of a doctor who could very easily be your own.
About the Author
David Watts, M.D., is a poet and a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
Table of Contents
White rabbits — The doctor with food on his shirt — Advance directive — Sylvester — Love is just a four-letter word — Circus — Surgical wound — Monologue Millie and the system of care — Flu shot — The morbius monster — Living it up at the top of the mark — Not waving but drowning — Annie's antidote — Mrs. Robinson eyes — Me and the H.E.C. — Her language — Evening in the two worlds — When crazy gets sick — Joke man — The gift of nothing — The girl in the painting by Vermeer — Lunch at the stereotype cafe — Lost in translation — Codger — About money — The stalker's bridegroom — Hospital du jour — Ritual — Home remedy — Ailerons — The two stories — Maladie menage — Protection — Consultation — The third satisfaction — Piano lesson.
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