“A brilliantly humane and practical guide for how to be a good doctor.”
—Samuel Shem, Professor of Medicine and Medical Humanities (NYU Medical School)
GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: Clearly the science of medicine has progressed by leaps and bounds over the last twenty years—from computerized surgery to genetic modification. Yet medicine is more than just a science. It is also an art. As medical students complete their education, however, they may find that their training has been focused solely on the mechanics of diagnosis and treatment. While this scientific knowledge is fundamental to proper healthcare, it can overlook the importance of interacting with patients. In an attempt to refocus on how vital it is for doctors to consider their patients in full, Dr. Clifton K. Meador has written The Little Book of Doctors’ Rules ($14.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0493-3). It offers simple and concise suggestions to humanize the practice of medicine.
In this book, Dr. Meador draws on his nearly sixty-year medical career for nuggets of advice with both compassion and humor. Although there may not be a defined medical disease behind every physical symptom, Dr. Meador reminds us that the reason behind a symptom may be found if a doctor observes and listens carefully to a patient. He believes an effective physician treats a patient, not just a patient’s disease.
The Little Book of Doctors’ Rules offers insightful guidelines that address a host of topics, which include developing a rapport with patients, diagnosing dementia, and prescribing drugs. Designed for any healthcare professional, these short rules are easily understood and (mostly) non-technical. In addition to his own reflections, Dr. Meador has included advice offered by some of the past giants of medicine. It is no coincidence that their words echo this book's message, which gets to the true center of the healing arts.
Reviews on this new book have already started to come in and they have been excellent, including raves from Booklist ("Offers all involved with healthcare a commonsense, compassionate approach to working with patients . . . emphasizes the importance of astute listening and careful observation"), Midwest Book Review ("Expertly written, organized and presented . . . should be considered mandatory reading by all medical students, practicing physicians, and other members of the medical profession"), and book reviewer Charles Ashbacher ("All people in the health care chain—including patients—will find value in this jewel of medicine that does not contain a single technical term") along with a recent endorsement from former JAMA editor and fellow physician George Lundberg, MD.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Clifton A. Meador, MD, is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He was professor of medicine and then dean of the UAB School of Medicine from 1968 to 1973. He then served as chief of medicine and chief medical officer of Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville from 1973 to 1998. From 1999 to 2012, he served as the first executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance. Currently, Dr. Meador and his wife, Ann Cowden, live in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Little Book of Doctors' Rules is now available wherever books are sold.