Sacred Space: Stories from a Life in Medicine
Clif Cleaveland, MD
Hardcover: 210 pages
American College of Physicians
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At a time when physicians face a rapidly changing practice environment, Dr. Clif Cleaveland reminds us that listening to the patient's stories is still the very essence of medical care.
Dr. Cleaveland has spent a lifetime listening to patients, and in Sacred Space he shares some of their stories, and what he has learned. Sacred Space is a moving, thoughtful, and unforgettable look at what it takes to be a doctor and a patient.
"So well written that the book is difficult to put down, the short vignettes bring the reader from laughter to tears in the space of a few pages."—Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Clif Cleaveland, M.D., MACP and former president of the ACP, has described over 30 events in his medical career, mostly dealing with patient care.
This author has also written the acclaimed book: Healers & Heroes: Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times.
"His touch is consistently light, and many of the stories leave much unsaid; Cleaveland has a deep respect for the sacred space of his patients. These stories from the life of a man who is a dedicated, sensitive physician have much to say about what excellent care means to patients, but equally they have much to say to physicians about the unique rewards of caring for the patient. These are messages for all of us." Jerome Lowenstein, M.D., Massachusetts Medical Society, The New England Journal of Medicine
The publisher, the American College of Physicians (ACP), is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP membership includes about 115,000 members, including medical students. Members are physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.
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