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A look at the emotional side of medicine - the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient care.
Physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life's most challenging moments. But doctors' emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of everyday practice have a profound impact on medical care. And while much has been written about the minds and methods of the medical professionals who save our lives, precious little has been said about their emotions.
In What Doctors Feel, Dr. Danielle Ofri has taken on the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how these directly influence patients. How do the stresses of medical life - from paperwork to grueling hours to lawsuits to facing death - affect the medical care that doctors can offer their patients? Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Ofri examines the daunting range of emotions - shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, occasionally despair, and sometimes even love - that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection. Drawing on scientific studies, including some surprising research, Dr. Danielle Ofri offers up an unflinching look at the impact of emotions on health care.
The stories here reveal the undeniable truth that emotions have a distinct effect on how doctors care for their patients. For both clinicians and patients, understanding what doctors feel can make all the difference in giving and getting the best medical care.
©2013 Danielle Ofri (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Brittany on 01-31-15

From a non-burnt out physicians perspective...

I think this is great for medical students to read, but not for experienced caring doctors. To the physicians out there: It's essentially a story of how to feel for your patients again… If you feel very far from your ability to do that, then this is a good read for you. I felt it was like a review of the empathy taught in doctoring 1 of medical school. Her choice of words at times seemed out of place and awkward, but was overall well constructed. I felt she did touch on most areas of medicine that physicians struggle with emotionally.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 02-18-15

Thoughtful, colourful, expansive, and refreshing.

In the university world, Medicine is thought to be the pinnacle of achievement by most "science" students (the brackets are a question of how many love science and how many actually just love the prestige and wealth that Medicine offers). This book opens the tightly sealed lid that covers the innards of Medicine: the achievement, the complexity, and the pitfalls outside of a simple diagnosis. Dr. Ofri seeks to show readers that doctors must always teeter on the narrow fulcrums of sensitivity and objectivity, emotional investment and emotional isolation, cooperation and independence, and etc. Physicians have it rough, or at least the ones that care. Really great book, here. I'll be back for more of her writing. Also, the narrator was vibrant, clear, and natural; I often found myself convinced that I was listening to Dr. Ofri herself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nathan on 09-04-16


Within the pages of this book are lessons I shall never forget. For any person vaguely interested in the way a doctor functions on a day to day basis this is for you. If you wish to understand how doctors suffer slings and arrows yet continue to march onward for the glimmer of hope and joy, for triumph against all odds, this is for you. Thank you Doctor Ofrey and Audible in extension, this has been life changing.

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