Searching for the Best Medicine: The Life and Times of a Doctor and Patient

Searching for the Best Medicine: The Life and Times of a Doctor and Patient

by Arthur Bank


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This book describes the life and times of a physician-scientist over the last half-century. Part One is about the author's struggle with colon cancer and the lessons he learnt from the experience; Part Two is about his life growing up, the pretzel bakery, his family, being educated at Bronx Science, Columbia College, Harvard Medical School, and his medical training at the Boston City Hospital and the NIH. Part Three, the major portion of the book, describes the author's experiences as a practicing physician and hematologist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center over 40 years. It also presents his views on what it takes to be a good doctor and to practice good medicine. Part Four is about medicine today, the crisis in medical care and in obtaining affordable health insurance in the United States, and potential solutions to these problems. And finally, it also describes the author's views on how changes in America over the past few decades have transformed our society from that of the meritocracy as known in the early days to that of the present society dominated by financial considerations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789814425506
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part 1 The Doctor As Patient 1

Chapter 1 The Big C 3

Chapter 2 Getting Better 13

Part 2 Growing Up 31

Chapter 3 In The Beginning 33

Chapter 4 College Days 45

Chapter 5 Decisions, Decisions 53

Chapter 6 Basic Training 67

Part 3 Doing Medicine 77

Chapter 7 A Special Calling 79

Chapter 8 Making Diagnoses 93

Chapter 9 Columbia-Presbyterian Medicine 103

Chapter 10 Becoming a Hematologist 113

Chapter 11 Hematology and Oncology 123

Chapter 12 Doing Hematology 129

Chapter 13 Sickle Cell Disease 145

Chapter 14 Special People 155

Part 4 Medicine Today 163

Chapter 15 The Practice of Medicine 165

Chapter 16 The Business of Medicine 183

Chapter 17 Solutions 195

Chapter 19 Changing Times 205

Chapter 19 The Last Chapter 213

About the Author 219

Index 221

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