The secret(s) of good patient care : thoughts on medicine in the 21st century /
William Campbell Felch.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996.
xvii, 191 p.
027595448X (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996.
027595448X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Written with humor, candor and more than a little courage in addressing the controversial,...Felch shows the reader a perspective which can be prismatic at times as when he shows the several subtle sides he finds in the subject of euthanasia, or laser-like on other occasions such as his elevation of the quality of Humbleness to the same importance as the attributes of Competence and Compassion in 'the good physician'." - Lonnie Bristow, M.D. President, American Medical Association
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Doody's Reviews, April 1996
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One of the few practicing physicians to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and one of a rare breed of doctors who writes with clarity and ease, Dr. Felch describes his 40-year experience in the mainstream of medical care. Both as a primary care physician making house calls and as a leader in medical professional organizations, Felch reflects on everyday matters of patient care, pointing out that they are actually complex, multifaceted, and unique. He points out that today's patients frequently give high marks to their physicians for competence and proficiency, but low marks for compassion and caring. He says our scientific enterprise is exceedingly good at generating new technology, very good at carrying out basic laboratory research, quite good at mounting large clinical studies of new pharmaceuticals, but only fair at converting collective data about disease into clear-cut strategies for doctors to use with their individual patients. Readers of this book, including potential doctors, will come away with a clearer understanding of the specific activities of medical school, residency training, and patient care as a practitioner, including the problems encountered and the values received.
Table of Contents
Preface: Medicine in the 20th Century: An Era of Transformation
The Doctoring Career Choosing Medicine (Medical) School Days
The Rituals of Residency Decisions, Decisions Purviews of Professionalism Patient Care
The Process Evaluating Diagnosis Treatise on Treatment
A Pound of Prevention Whither the H&P?
Practice Styles
The Listening Skill
The Humble Factor Micro World Matters House Calls Who's in Charge, Doctor or Patient?
The Generalist/Specialist Dichotomy Records of Continuing Care Dealing with Death and Dying Ethics and Patient Care
The Big Picture Doctoring: Science or Art?
Elite or Egalitarian? Science 'n Technology Data--and Death Certificates
The AQC Triad FFS versus PPC Hospitals--An Identity Crisis
Afterword: Medicine in the 21st Century: Prescription for Caring
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