In Two Voices: A Patient and a Neurosurgeon Tell their Story by Linda E. ClarkeIn Two Voices: A Patient and a Neurosurgeon Tell their Story by Linda E. Clarke

In Two Voices: A Patient and a Neurosurgeon Tell their Story

byLinda E. Clarke, Michael D. CusimanoForeword byBrian Goldman

Paperback | May 16, 2019

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For a decade, Linda Clarke and Dr. Michael Cusimano had offices across from one another at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She worked in Clinical Ethics and he was a staff neurosurgeon. They knew one another to say hello, to nod as they passed one another on the stairs, to wish each other a Merry Christmas. Michael's patients sat in the chairs along that shared hallway, waiting for their appointment with him. For ten years, Linda heard their talk outside her door, smiled at them as she passed by, tried to give them their privacy. She was always impressed by the things people endured.

Ten years into her work, Linda got sick; she left her job and, weeks later, she sat in one of those hallway chairs, waiting for her appointment with Dr. Cusimano. In the blink of an eye, she was a neurosurgery patient and he was her surgeon.

Linda and Michael wrote In Two Voices together: it is the intimate account of Linda's surgery with Michael as her surgeon. The story builds a piece at a time as Linda and Michael tell each other their experience and then respond to one another's writing. As the relationship shifts from one of patient and surgeon to one of Linda and Michael as colleagues and friends, they encounter surprises as their trust and mutual understanding develop. Here is an unprecedented view into the experiences of illness, care, and compassion, an intimate picture of the experiences, challenges, skills, and commitment of a surgeon. The worlds of both surgeon and patient are framed by a most critical and delicate surgical procedure.

Linda E. Clarke is a writer and professional performance storyteller who has taught at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, Columbia Medical School, the University of Toronto, and the Yale School of Medicine. Michael D. Cusimano, MD, PhD, has been a staff neurosurgeon at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto since 1992. His work on t...
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Title:In Two Voices: A Patient and a Neurosurgeon Tell their StoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:180 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 16, 2019Publisher:Pottersfield PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1988286743

ISBN - 13:9781988286747

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Profound Nature of the Healer-Patient Relationship There are some relationships that are deep and profound. What can be more profound than individual placing trust in a surgeon, whose task has no margin of error. Because of the obscure nature of her condition, Ms. Clarke was wary of the medical profession. Some had labelled her as a malingerer; would this one label her as such, as well. The surgeon had to gain her trust. One of her most important lines is the book is “what I know about suffering and medicine: that a compassionate response can ease the deepest suffering because it eases the isolation and the fear that the exile of pain carries. What I know: this is one of the most profound roles of medicine.” In medical ethicist and storyteller, Linda Clarke’s and neurosurgeon, Michael Cusimano’s book, “In Two Voices: A Patient and a Neurosurgeon Tell their story,” they collaborate to expose retrospectively, their personal experience through their journey as healer and patient. Both neurosurgeon and patient recollect their memories of their journeys from childhood to this diagnosis to surgical intervention and to recovery. And we’re not talking about a routine tonsillectomy here. We’re talking about the removal of a benign tumor deep in Clarke’s brain. In this dialogue between surgeon and patient, as they recollect the path they took together, profound lessons about the nature of the doctor-patient relationship are highlighted. What I appreciated about Clarke’s story was her raw honesty and her understanding of the difference between pain and suffering – an important distinction for all healers to know. What I appreciated about Cusimano’s story was the fact that he prays before every surgery – for him and his patient, not to mention the kindness he appears to bring to his work. Clarke appeared to feel his care for her; something research tells us, promotes healing. It reflects a humility for which surgeons are not known (an unfortunate stereotype). As a psychotherapist, I deeply appreciated the insights and the profound reflection on one of the most sacred of relationships, that of the healer and the patient.
Date published: 2019-08-25

From the Author

For a decade, Linda Clarke and Dr. Michael Cusimano had offices across from one another at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She worked in Clinical Ethics and he was a staff neurosurgeon. They knew one another to say hello, to nod as they passed one another on the stairs, to wish each other a Merry Christmas. Michael's patients sat in the chairs along that shared hallway, waiting for their appointment with him. For ten years, Linda heard their talk outside her door, smiled at them as she passed by, tried to give them their privacy. She was always impressed by the things people endured. Ten years into her work, Linda got sick; she left her job and, weeks later, she sat in one of those hallway chairs, waiting for her appointment with Dr. Cusimano. In the blink of an eye, she was a neurosurgery patient and he was her surgeon. Linda and Michael wrote In Two Voices together: it is the intimate account of Linda's surgery with Michael as her surgeon. The story builds a piece at a time as Linda and Michael tell each other their experience and then respond to one another's writing. As the relationship shifts from one of patient and surgeon to one of Linda and Michael as colleagues and friends, they encounter surprises as their trust and mutual understanding develop. Here is an unprecedented view into the experiences of illness, care, and compassion, an intimate picture of the experiences, challenges, skills, and commitment of a surgeon. The worlds of both surgeon and patient are framed by a most critical and delicate surgical procedure.