A patient with recurrent rotator-cuff tendinitis visits three doctors who dismiss his increased swelling and fever as nothing more than inflammation and flu - until a fourth diagnoses cancer. An anxious young patient is at first reluctant to take his prescribed medications, but in the end not only complies with the treatment but decides to become a doctor himself. What makes the difference? According to Ronald Epstein, a practicing family physician and some-time student of Zen, it’s mindfulness.
Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity is not just an account of Epstein’s career in medicine and his call for how to improve the field, it’s an example of how mindfulness - a very trendy topic - can have a practical application. From preventing medical errors to improving rapport with patients to transforming the most difficult problems that doctors face in the modern American medical establishment, Attending offers a suggestion of a technique that could be valuable not just in medicine but in any high-stress occupation. (Available as an ebook from Cloud Library.) - Michelle (Sunset)