Tuesday, March 22, 2011

REVIEW OF DOCTOR CONFIDENTIAL: SECRETS BEHIND THE VEIL BY R. SHEFF, MD


Being a Doctor has always been thought of as a prestigious and rewarding profession but did you know what it took to become a Doctor? In the book Doctor Confidential, Dr Sheff shares his experiences during his training and the hardships that he had to endure.

Doctor Confidential: Secrets Behind the VeilIn the hushed stillness of a late night hospital room, confronted with a dead patient and an ethical dilemma, Dr. Sheff wonders, “What’s love got to do with medicine?” The answer he finds for himself in that darkest of hours, and now shares with all of us in Doctor Confidential, is “Everything!”
From the unique perspective of a nationally respected, mature physician, Dr. Sheff reflects deeply on the formative experiences of medical school and residency, giving the reader unexpected insights into the heart and mind of doctors, the experience of patients and their families, and ultimately the connection between love, medical practice, and the healing we all seek.
The unique stories in Doctor Confidential speak directly to anyone in medical training or considering a career in medicine, but also to the patient in all of us. Pulling back the veil of secrecy that too often surrounds medicine, Doctor Confidential provides compassion, humor, and ultimately hope that, when sick and most vulnerable, each of us can be heard, understood, and deeply touched by our physician.
About the Author-

Richard Sheff, MD is a family physician with over 30 years of experience in medicine. He chose the specialty of family medicine because he wanted to see and treat patients as whole people whose illness and wellness are a result of the complex interplay of their biological, psychological, social, and cultural circumstances. The years have taught him that to this must be added recognition of each patient's spiritual circumstances if they are truly to be seen as a whole person, including understanding their illness and wellness. 



Read an Excerpt.


My Thoughts-

As a Nurse Practitioner, I have seen medical students, interns and residents come and go throughout my career but I never realized what they had to endure to get there. The book was well written, easy to read and an eye opener. There were many medical terms in the book but the author included footnotes that explained the terms in a way that was easy to understand. The author's stories showed that compassion, humor and hardship do exist in the world of medicine. The book was written like a novel. Sometimes I feel that "nonfiction" books can be boring but that was not the case with this book. I could not put it down and when I was finished, I wanted more.The author is a wonderful writer and I cannot wait for book number two. If you are planning a career in medicine or just want a little more information on the world of medicine this is the book for you. So go on out and get a copy of the book. You will not be disappointed.




Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.

2 comments:

  1. Looking forward to reading it!

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  2. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Doctor Confidential. I am so pleased you found the book hard to put down and, when finished, "wanted more." That means so much to me as an author.

    In response to your expressed hope, I am indeed working on a second book, sort of a sequel to Doctor Confidential. Hopefully it will be coming out in 2012.

    Rick Sheff, MD

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