What Doctors Feel : How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
by Danielle Ofri
Editor: Beacon Press
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A look at the emotional side of medicine, shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that on patient care, Doctors are supposed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach themselves as they guide patients and families through some of life’s most difficult timesBut doctors are emotional reactions to life after death, the dramas of daily practice have a profound impact on medical careAnd while much has been written about the minds and methods of health professionals who save our lives, little has been said about their emotionsIn What Doctors Feel, Dr Danielle l’irfo, took the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how they directly influence patientsHow medical life constraints, from paperwork to exhausting hours to legal proceedings to deal with death, affect the medical care physicians can offer their patientsDigging deep into the lives of doctors, irfo examines the immense range of emotions, shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, once in a while despair, and sometimes even love–that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connectionDrawing on scientific studies, including some surprising research, Dr. Danielle l’irfo) offers a resolute look at the impact of emotions on health careWith its renowned eye for spectacular detail, Mirfo takes us into the heart scrolls of patient care, telling stories of caregivers caught up and, occasionally, slaughtered by the whirlwind of medical lifeShe admits the humiliation of a mistake that almost killed one of her patients and her forever fear of making another.She cries when a beloved patient is refused a heart transplantShe tells the riveting stories of a traumatized trainee when she is forced to leave a newborn baby to die in her arms, and of a doctor whose daily glass of wine to manage the frustrations of the ER turns into a drug-destructorBut doctors don’t just feel fear, grief and frustrationThe irfo of r
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