These essays portray a medical profession that is sensitive, empathetic, spiritual and compassionate. They deal with physicians, patients, their loved ones - and the complex challenges that relate to these individuals. Doctors are faced with profound issues of life and death on a daily basis and frequently have to find their own way of coping with the challenges and the suffering that their patient's face. The book aims to help you see that doctors are subject to the same stresses and pressures of life as everyone else and that by gaining insight into the heart of one physician, you will gain insight into the heart of many.
Frank Boehm, MD, is professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, and the director of maternal/foetal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also chairman of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Ethics Committee. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School and the Yale-New Haven Hospital Internship and Residency programme and is a specialist in high-risk pregnancy, called perinatology.