In Singular Intimacies, which the New England Journal of Medicine said captured the "e;essence of becoming and being a doctor,"e; Danielle Ofri led us into the hectic, constantly challenging world of big-city medicine. In Incidental Findings, she's finished her training and is learning through practice to become a more rounded healer. The book opens with a dramatic tale of the tables being turned on Dr. Ofri: She's had to shed the precious white coat and credentials she worked so hard to earn and enter her own hospital as a patient. She experiences the real'slight prick and pressure' of a long needle as well as the very real sense of invasion and panic that routinely visits her patients.These fifteen intertwined tales include "e;Living Will,"e; where Dr. Ofri treats a man who has lost the will to live, and she too comes dangerously close to concluding that he has nothing to live for; "e;Common Ground,"e; in which a patient's difficult decision to have an abortion highlights the vulnerabilities of doctor and patient alike; "e;Acne,"e; where she is confronted by a patient whose physical and emotional abuse she can't possibly heal, so she must settle on treating the one thing she can, the least of her patient's problems; and finally a stunning concluding chapter, "e;Tools of the Trade,"e; where Dr. Ofri's touch is the last in a woman's long life.From the Hardcover edition.
Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine