A slim, potent guide to compassionate medical care.



An updated guidebook to the finer nuances of patient care.

Physician Meador (Fascinomas, 2013, etc.) offers a new, modernized edition of his book of medical maxims, which was first published in 1992. Its core intent is to remind “medical students, residents and physicians in primary care” that their focus should be on “treating a person, not a disease.” The recommendations in it are derived from the teachings of early 1900s Canadian physician and educator William Osler, which focus on the benefits of personally and attentively interacting with patients. Since the first edition of this book, Meador says, an emphasis on patient volume, unnecessary screening tests, and increasingly complex division of health care has had the effect of further “separating the physician from the patient,” and he frames this new edition as a sort of refresher course. He delivers sage wisdom through small, declarative dictums, which are potent enough to stand on their own without exposition or explanation. For instance, the book begins with the basic tenets of doctor-patient eye contact, human touch, and compassionate, uninterrupted attention (“When you are listening to a patient, do not do anything else. Just listen”). Other chapters incorporate tips on mental health assessments, drug prescribing, and caring for “difficult” patients. A comprehensive closing section (“General rules for being a physician and a professional”) encompasses a cornucopia of clinical guidance that will be of particular benefit to medical students. Throughout, the author’s advice underscores the importance of prioritizing human interaction above corporate bottom lines. A few of the notes here make oddly broad assumptions (“After midnight all [dementia] cases get clinically strange”), but they’re all well-intentioned and practical.

A slim, potent guide to compassionate medical care.   

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-72015-555-3

Page Count: 88

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: Dec. 28, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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