This is a wonderful collection of stories about doctors and patients, including many by world-famous authors who were also physicians, such as Oliver Sacks, Anton Chekhov and Arthur Conan Doyle. Always moving, entertaining and informative, and sometimes troubling, these remarkable stories will appeal to anyone with an interest in health, illness and medical care. They also provide essential core material for those studying doctor-patient communication, the literature of medicine and medical humanities. The stories, some written from the doctor's viewpoint, some from that of the patient, illuminate the warmth and compassion - but also the many problems - in relationships between doctors and patients, both in the past and today. Doctors and Patients: an anthology is enjoyable, fascinating and enlightening - for oneself, and for friends and partners, whether healthcare professionals or interested general readers.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Mikhail Bulgakov - 'Baptism by Rotation'. Franz Kafka - 'A Country Doctor'. Arthur Conan Doyle - 'A Medical Document'. Rachel Naomi Remen - 'In the Gray Zone'. Renate Rubinstein - 'Telling the Truth'. Ruth Picardie - 'Observer Life'. Rachel Clark - 'Inside and Out and Upside Down'. Clive Sinclair - 'My Life as a Pig'. W Somerset Maugham - 'Sanatorium'. O'Henry - 'Let Me Feel Your Pulse'. Oliver Sacks - 'Rebecca'. Cecil Helman - 'The Other Half of Eddie Barnett. William Carlos Williams - 'The Use of Force'. A J Cronin - 'The Case of David Murray'. Anton Chekhov - 'A Doctor's Visit'. Moacyr Scliar - 'The King of Xingu'.