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The Lost Art of Healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine

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The real crisis in medicine today is not about economics, insurance, or managed care--it's about the loss of the fundamental human relationship between doctor and patient. In this wise and passionate book, one of our most eminent physicians reacquaints us with a classic notion often overlooked in modern medicine: health care with a human face, in which the time-honored art ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published February 2nd 1999 by Ballantine Books (first published October 1st 1996)
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It was an inspiring read. A reminder to all medical students that knowledge and academic grades are merely one part of their learning experience. Understanding human qualities such as empathy, compassion and the human condition must be reinforced and developed in conjunction with the scientific knowledge of their studies and training.
One of my favorite books on what medicine can and should be. I have bought copies and given to many who I hope to inspire with Lown's compassion and insight. a fine book for anyone wanting an uplifting reading experience and a refurbishing of faith in the profession.
I began this book with a great deal of interest. The beginning of the preface proved compelling, arguing that a large part of the modern healthcare crisis is caused by doctors relying too much on expensive diagnostic tests and not enough on a thorough history and physical examination. From there, however, the book went downhill fast. Lown goes on to laud his many wonderful achievements in the course of his career, sounding quite proud of himself. His tone throughout the book is self-congratulato ...more
Pamela Q.
Every doctor must read this book. It talks about the subtle art of practicing medicine. Dr Lown is a renowned cardiologist and his mentor Dr Samuel Levine appears in many of his experiences throughout the book. Dr Lown tries to simplify the book for non medical people reading it. But the book describes the finer details of medical practice, the reason for doctor's insecurities, their battles with malpractice and the plight of patients. As a catholic doctor, this is fantastic, because healing tru ...more
Jay Nair
A must read for all healthcare stakeholders. Very well written with lots of examples of the challenges faced both by the doctor as well as the patient.

Very relevant to the present context of patient becoming much more empowered and wanting to be more in the know of his or her treatment, both medically and as an individual.
An interesting and readable book by a preeminent physician. The author emphasized that good doctors come to many of their diagnoses by physical examination and by knowing their patients through good conversation. He further notes that both of these methods are falling by the wayside in then-present-day American (the book is copyrighted as of 1996). My time was well-spent in reading this book -- it gave me a good deal of insight about what being a physician is like. To add icing to the cake, as I ...more
Ryan Manns
I read this book in 2 days. Couldn't put it down actually. I epecially enjoyed the first 200 pages and felt like I gained some great insights into whats really important in medicine. The recurring theme of the book is basically that despite all the advancements in science and medicine the strongest means of diagnosing and helping a patient is getting to know them, taking a good history and physical, and being supportive of their problems. My only real criticism is the Dr. Lown didn't really writ ...more
Sometimes cynical, sometimes self-aggrandizing and often self-contradictory the read is very uneven, but overall an enlightening and occasionally even instructional presentation of the best tools that we can bring to the bedside to approach our patients.
Awesome! Great book for anyone who is interested in health care. An immediate favorite.
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Wise words from a true healer
Offers insight of a world-renowned cardiologist towards the doctor-patient relationship. In real life, I wouldn't imagine this man to be as humble/raw-in-thought as he presents in this book. Enjoyed it, (thanks Linda! thanks Dr Keith! for the rec)
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