An orphan leaves Dark Ages London, taking a dangerous journey and posing as a Jew to study medicine in Persia, in “an adventurous and inspiring tale” (Library Journal). A child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her. Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine. But as he matures, his strange gift—an acute sensitivity to impending death—never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer. Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia. Christians are barred from Muslim schools, but claiming he is a Jew, he studies under the world’s most renowned physician, Avicenna. How the woman who is his great love struggles against her only rival—medicine—makes a riveting modern classic. The Physician is the first book in New York Times–bestselling author Noah Gordon’s Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.
This 2006 volume provides a comprehensive discussion of communication between doctors and patients in primary care consultations. It brings together a team of leading contributors from the fields of linguistics, sociology and medicine to describe each phase of the primary care consultation, identifying the distinctive tasks, goals and activities that make up each phase of primary care as social interaction. Using conversation analysis techniques, the authors analyze the sequential unfolding of a visit, and describe the dilemmas and conflicts faced by physicians and patients as they work through each of these activities. The result is a view of the medical encounter that takes the perspective of both physicians and patients in a way that is both rigorous and humane. Clear and comprehensive, this book will be essential reading for students and researchers in sociolinguistics, communication studies, sociology, and medicine.
Since the advent of managed care, relationships between physicians and providers have changed greatly. From roles as independent contractors, physician have moved into slots as paid employees of health care org anizations. With this shift, your legal risk as a provider increases d ramatically. Learn what you need to do now to assess your transactions with physicians to make sure that they comply with a variety of laws.
After putting down this weighty (in all senses of the word) collection, the reader, be she or he physician or social scientist, will (or at least should) feel uncomfortable about her or his taken-for-granted commonsense (therefore cultural) understanding of medicine. The editors and their collaborators show the medical leviathan, warts and all, for what it is: changing, pluralistic, problematic, powerful, provocative. What medicine proclaims itself to be - unified, scientific, biological and not social, non-judgmental - it is shown not to resemble very much. Those matters about which medicine keeps fairly silent, it turns out, come closer to being central to its clinical practice - managing errors and learning to conduct a shared moral dis course about mistakes, handling issues of competence and competition among biomedical practitioners, practicing in value-laden contexts on problems for which social science is a more relevant knowledge base than biological science, integrating folk and scientific models of illness in clinical communication, among a large number of highly pertinent ethnographic insights that illuminate medicine in the chapters that follow.
This book offers pragmatic and clinically useful information for physicians seeking to integrate acupuncture into their medical practices. It blends contemporary biomedical principles with traditional concepts of channels that circulate energy, or Qi, throughout the body. Beginning with the history and science of acupuncture, the book takes you through anatomy, physiology, pathology, examination and diagnosis, point location, and basic and advanced treatments. You will read about proven techniques for treating musculoskeletal pain, migraines, gastrointestinal conditions, substance abuse, and more. Detailed case studies bring content to life and help you provide optimal patient care. The text also contains high-quality, labeled photographs and illustrations for clear localization of channels and points. Physicians in all specialties who want to expand their practice with acupuncture will find this text an ideal learning tool and reference. It is also a must for TCM practitioners looking for a more versatile acupuncture approach, as well as anyone interested in a comprehensive and scientifically based survey of this effective therapeutic modality.
Presents a comparative, cross-national study of the occupational integration of Russian immigrant physicians settling in Israel, Canada, and the US. The first section focuses on the common features of the immigrant physicians. The next three sections evaluate the migration experience in each of the
Women traditionally have been expected to tend to the sick as part of their domestic duties, yet throughout history they have faced an uphill struggle to be accepted as healers outside of the household.
Recently, there has been a tremendous interest in the ethical issues that confront physicians in times of war, as well as some of the uses of physicians during wars. This book presents a theoretical apparatus which underpins those debates, namely by casting physicians as being faced with dual-loyalties during times of war. While this theoretical apparatus has been developed in other contexts, it has not been specifically brought to bear on the ethical conflicts that wars bring.
This volume analyses whether and how cost to the patient influences physicians' treatment choices and patients' decision-making process for pharmaceutical and primary care services, in seven different reimbursement systems in Europe: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.