The Triumphant Patient

Author: Greg Anderson
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504011198
Format: PDF, Docs
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All the information and compassion a cancer patient in search of spiritual answers needs Your doctor has given you, or a loved one, frightening medical news. You face surgery, difficult treatment, and questionable outcomes. What does this mean? What can you do? Fear and uncertainty dominate your thoughts, and that’s where this book comes in: a dose of soul medicine, a tonic for frightened and weary spirits. Focusing on personal growth, the book explains personal spiritual choice and helps patients find meaning in illness. Anderson is an expert in the field of healing, and has conducted numerous seminars and retreats for the terminally ill and their families.

Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient

Author: Norman Cousins
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504038533
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The power of laughter triumphs over illness in Norman Cousins’s bestselling classic memoir that revolutionized medicine. Norman Cousins’s iconic firsthand account of victory against terminal disease, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient inspired a revolution, encouraging patients to take charge of their own treatment. A political journalist and activist, Cousins was also a professor of medical humanities at UCLA, where he studied the biochemistry of human emotions and their relationship to healing. When Cousins was hospitalized with a debilitating collagen illness, he decided to take his health into his own hands. Cousins and his doctor combated the disease together by creating a regimen of laughter and vitamin C specifically calibrated to his needs. Against all odds, the treatment worked, proving to Cousins that a positive attitude was key to his improvement. Years later, Cousins set pen to paper to tell the story of his recovery. In this humorous and insightful account, Cousins analyzes his own journey in relation to holistic medicine and discusses the astounding power of mind over body. The result is an inspirational and educational guide to health that continues to offer hope to many. This ebook features an extended biography of Norman Cousins by his daughter, Sarah Cousins Shapiro.

Patient

Author: Ben Watt
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802192033
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In the summer of 1992, on the eve of an American tour, Ben Watt, one half of the Billboard-topping pop duo Everything But The Girl, was taken to a London hospital complaining of chest pain. He didn’t leave for two and a half months. Watt had developed a rare life-threatening disease that initially baffled doctors. By the time he was allowed home, his ravaged body was forty-six pounds lighter and he was missing most of his small intestine. Watt injects pathos and humor into his medical nightmare, writing about his childhood, reflecting on his family and on his shared life with band member and partner Tracey Thorn. The result is a provocative and affecting memoir about life, illness, and survival.

Your Health Your Decisions

Author: Robert Alan McNutt
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469629186
Format: PDF, ePub
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In nearly every medical-decision-making encounter, the physician is at the center of the discussion, with the patient the recipient of the physician's decisions. Dr. Robert Alan McNutt starts from a very different premise: the patient should be at the center. McNutt challenges the physician-directed, medical-expertise model of making decisions, presenting a practical approach augmented by formal exercises designed to give patients the tools and confidence to compare and contrast their health-care options so they can make their own choices. He addresses a number of scenarios, including heart disease, breast cancer, and prostate cancer—conditions that pose a range of choices that patients may face about diagnoses and treatments. After providing a clear explanation of what is the highest quality medical-decision-making information, McNutt teaches patients to use that information to weigh the harms and benefits of their treatment options, empowering them to ask critical questions as they take a stronger hand in their own care. Your Health, Your Decisions moves from specific scenarios that commonly baffle patients to a systematic exploration of how to make medical decisions. By offering patients the tools they need to be full partners in their own health care, McNutt demystifies what can be a bewildering and even terrifying process.

At Face Value

Author: Terry Healey
Publisher: Caveat PressInc
ISBN: 9781883991982
Format: PDF
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Terry Healey was a junior at the University of California at Berkeley. At the age of twenty, his life had been smooth sailing, seldom interrupted with adversity or difficulty. Terry was confident and not concerned much with his appearance. But out of nowhere, a lump formed behind his right nostril. Cancer. He fought it and survived. But after multiple surgeries and radiation treatment, Terry would discover that he hadn’t even begun to deal with what would become his greatest struggle for years to come — the disfigurement that resulted from it.

Mind Matters A Psychiatrist s Narrations

Author: Dr. Amresh Shrivastava, MD
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1483484866
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book is narration by a psychiatrist. The purpose of this book is to provide education, information and knowledge about mental health and prevention of psychological illnesses. For this reason, Dr Shrivastava, a long time psychiatrist, has compiled stories of problems faced by patients and treatments they received with frank discussion and academic facts. One out of five people in our society suffer from a mental disorder. The experience of psychological illness disconnects them from their own selves. Though it is a treatable condition, patients seldom receive treatment. One of the main barriers is the stigma which is a clinical risk factor. We are unable to deal with stigma because people do not speak up about their experiences. We are unable to project examples of successful treatment. This limitation increases stigma.

Engineering a Learning Healthcare System

Author: Institute of Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309120640
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Improving our nation's healthcare system is a challenge which, because of its scale and complexity, requires a creative approach and input from many different fields of expertise. Lessons from engineering have the potential to improve both the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery. The fundamental notion of a high-performing healthcare system--one that increasingly is more effective, more efficient, safer, and higher quality--is rooted in continuous improvement principles that medicine shares with engineering. As part of its Learning Health System series of workshops, the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care and the National Academy of Engineering, hosted a workshop on lessons from systems and operations engineering that could be applied to health care. Building on previous work done in this area the workshop convened leading engineering practitioners, health professionals, and scholars to explore how the field might learn from and apply systems engineering principles in the design of a learning healthcare system. Engineering a Learning Healthcare System: A Look at the Future: Workshop Summary focuses on current major healthcare system challenges and what the field of engineering has to offer in the redesign of the system toward a learning healthcare system.