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A Taste of My Own Medicine: When the Doctor Is the Patient

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"A graphic account of what it's like when a doctor crosses to the other side of the table and becomes a patient himself."Parade Magazine
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 12th 1988 by Random House
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Oct 22, 2009 Terimorse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The movie "The Doctor" is one of my favorite movies, so I was so glad to come across the book recently. Great book, even though it is nothing like the movie. After reading this, I feel that EVERY doctor in America should be required to read this book as they come into the medical profession. Or we can only hope that many of them do become patients and REALLY see their illness through a patients eyes like Dr. Rosenbaum did, and come away the better doctor for it. I was sad to find out that we jus ...more
Stephen Gallup
Jul 14, 2008 Stephen Gallup rated it liked it
This is the story that inspired the William Hurt movie The Doctor. Neither stands out in my memory as something extraordinary, but both convey the idea effectively enough: A competent doctor begins developing mysterious symptoms. The colleague he consults fails to diagnose his problem correctly, and it gets worse. Much later, another physician finally identifies the problem (and it's urgent), but is so cold and disrespectful that he cannot bear to be a patient. And here's the point -- despite hi ...more
Valeria Soberanis
Jun 30, 2013 Valeria Soberanis rated it really liked it
The movie is better, great book nevertheless. Anyone in pursuing/in the medical field should deff read it.
Mar 25, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
I read this book a long time ago and still reread it from time-to-time. The concept of medical professional exploring his profession from the point of view of the patient is interesting and always relevant, no matter when the book was written.
Aug 01, 2009 Kcastro rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
Should be required reading for anyone who wants to practise medicine. Written by a doctor's experience of being a patient.
Sep 03, 2014 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Of course it's important to learn (and it took this guy nearly a lifetime to learn) that when you treat others badly they are not too quick to treat you nice. In other words this doc was an arrogant asshole and really did have to taste his own medicine.
Jun 30, 2011 Gwen rated it it was ok
Mostly enjoyable because the MD is from Portland. From the 80's, an MD is diagnosed with cancer and learns that the patient's view is different than the MD's. Nothing very stunning and kinda hard to believe that it took him this long to learn to see things from the patient's views. But, easy to read and I kept on because it was set in Portland and I like reading medical stories.
Jan 28, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
what an eye opener! This is a true story about a doctor who gets cancer and how he navigated the medical system as a patient. I liked it because it opened my eyes to the reality that doctors really don't know the answers all the time and you do need to know what your rights are as a patient.
Nancy Arrington
it was ok but the movie was better
Rachel Rosenbaum
May 01, 2012 Rachel Rosenbaum rated it it was amazing
The best book in the world!
Jen Rosenbaum
Jul 06, 2009 Jen Rosenbaum rated it it was amazing
My grandpa's book.
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Trained at the Mayo Clinic, decorated for his pioneering use of penicillin, widely respected and nationally known, Dr. Edward E. Rosenbaum had risen to the apex of his profession. But in 1985, following a simple biopsy, the most stirring and startling phase of his medical education began when he was diagnosed with cancer. As a physician, Dr. Rosenbaum had long enjoyed all the benefits of medicine; ...more
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