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Doctors as Patients Michael Shooter

Doctors as Patients

Michael Shooter

Published March 23rd 2005
ISBN : 9781857758870
Unknown Binding
200 pages
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 About the Book 

Doctors, as strong, clever, resourceful professionals, are heir to human frailty and illness, like anyone else. This book is about diagnosable, label-able mental illness such as eating disorders, affective disorders and, sometimes, psychosis. MoreMoreDoctors, as strong, clever, resourceful professionals, are heir to human frailty and illness, like anyone else. This book is about diagnosable, label-able mental illness such as eating disorders, affective disorders and, sometimes, psychosis. More than that, it is a book about doctors, many fully-functioning, practising doctors, who suffer from these illnesses, and the unique insights and problems that arise when the doctor is the patient, especially when questions of insight and judgement are blurred.Doctors as Patients provides lessons for dealing with this situation - for doctors treating other ill doctors and for doctors who are currently ill or who may themselves suffer illness in the future. It is an unique combination of first-hand experiences of being an ill doctor, and practical advice on self-help, flexible working, financial issues, employment law and support organisations. The contributors offer both positive and negative experiences to stimulate thought and encourage understanding. They write with wit, optimism, desperation and candour.Practising doctors, doctors suffering from illness, medical students, occupational health specialists, and policy makers will be able to use this book as an explanation, a life-line, a vital reference and, most importantly, a reinforcement of shared humanity.