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Characteristics of Compassion: Portraits of Exemplary Physicians

Author(s): Helen Meldrum
  • ISBN-13: 9780763757335
  • Paperback    277 pages      © 2010
Price: $64.95 US List
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Doody's Book Review: Score 97, 5 Stars!

Characteristics of Compassion: Portraits of Exemplary Physicians profiles recipients of the prestigious "Excellence in Medicine" award given by the American Medical Association. Today’s physicians are faced with many challenges and can no longer devote the greater part of their working hours directly to patient care. They are presented with reams of insurance and legal-related paperwork, the constant threat of malpractice, and a burgeoning patient population. Despite these obstacles, some physicians enter the profession with deeply held convictions, hopes, and idealism, and go on to excel not just as medical doctors, but as human beings.  

Characteristics of Compassion: Portraits of Exemplary Physicians uncovers what sets these outstanding doctors apart from their peers to inspire other medical professionals and their patients. This thought provoking book provides first hand accounts from the front lines of medicine and identifies a rich description of traits shared by today's leading physicians.

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Chapter  1  Introduction and Overview
Chapter  2  The Woman Who Answered More Than One Calling Dr. Anne Brooks
Chapter  3  Supporting This Small and Sickly World Dr. Michael VanRooyen
Chapter  4  Finding Peace on the Other Side of Trauma Dr. Sylvia Campbell
Chapter  5  The Doctor Who Flunked Retirement Dr. Jack McConnell
Chapter  6  A Voice for the Urban and Rural Poor Dr. Bruce Gould
Chapter  7  Making Common Ground for Faith and Health Dr. G. Scott Morris
Chapter  8  Listening to Many Truths Dr. Coleen Kivlahan
Chapter  9  Inheriting a Commitment to Service Dr. Mark Asperilla
Chapter  10  What’s Harder Than Brain Surgery? Mobilizing the Healthcare Community Dr. Gary VanderArk
Chapter  11  His Rx: Spiritual Healing Dr. Gerald "Jerry" Jampolsky
Chapter  12  Living from Missing to Mission Dr. Jeannette South-Paul
Chapter  13  Having an Impact on Health in the Small City and Leaving a Bigger Legacy Dr. Leonard Morse
Chapter  14  Have Compassionate Care, Will Travel Dr. Wendy Ring
Chapter  15  The Kindest Cut: Surgery with Soul Dr. William Schecter, with Gisela Schecter
Chapter  16  A Summation of What Was Shared

Helen Meldrum

  • "The author intends this book to inspire practicing physicians, noting "I hope the good doctors' words of wisdom and discernment will make a real difference to working physicians and to the next generation to come." Although aimed primarily at a physician audience, it is of much broader significance and allure. Not only medical personnel, but also the lay public will find this book revealing, inspiring, and even heart-warming. The author's psychology education makes her especially able to assemble, evaluate, and draw insight from her investigation.

    The author asserts in the preface that this book is a pioneer; there are no others like it. She concludes, "It is my hope that by spending time appreciating the distinguishing traits that the honorees embody, both new and experienced healthcare providers will feel motivated to reflect on their own evolving personal and professional stories." It is well worth reading."

    ~ Suzanne Shultz, MA, York Hospital (Doody's Book Review, 2010. Score 97, 5 Stars!)

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