The Lost Art Of Healing: Practicing Compassion In Medicine

Paperback | February 15, 1999

byBernard Lown

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The real crisis in medicine today is not about economics, insurance, or managed care--it's about the loss of the fundamental human relationship between doctor and patient. In this wise and passionate book, one of our most eminent physicians reacquaints us with a classic notion often overlooked in modern medicine: health care with a human face, in which the time-honored art of healing guides doctors in their approach to patient care and their use of medical technology.

Drawing on four decades of practice as a cardiologist and a vast knowledge of literature and medical history, Dr. Lown probes the heart and soul of the doctor-patient relationship. Insightful and accessible to all, The Lost Art of Healing describes how true healers use sympathetic listening and touch to hone their diagnostic skills, how language affects the perception of illness, how doctors and patients can cultivate a relationship of trust, and how patients can obtain the most complete and beneficial care through a combination of healing techniques and conventional practices.

As Dr. Lown explains, the art of healing does not mean abandoning the spectacular advances of modern science, but rather incorporating them into a sensitive, humane, enlightened approach to medical care. With its urgent message and poignant, fascinating vignettes, The Lost Art of Healing is a book of vital, universal importance.

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Among a landscape of hospital cuts and closings, the real problems with modern medicine are overlooked by issues of economics, insurance and managed care. But eminent physician Bernard Lown shines a light on the real crisis in medicine today: the loss of a fundamental human relationship between doctors and patients. In the best-selling...

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The real crisis in medicine today is not about economics, insurance, or managed care--it's about the loss of the fundamental human relationship between doctor and patient. In this wise and passionate book, one of our most eminent physicians reacquaints us with a classic notion often overlooked in modern medicine: health care with a hum...

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The real crisis in medicine today is not about economics, insurance, or managed care--it's about the loss of the fundamental human relationship between doctor and patient. In this wise and passionate book, one of our most eminent physicians reacquaints us with a classic notion often overlooked in modern medicine: health care with a hum...

Bernard Lown is a Professor of Cardiology Emeritus at the Harvard School of Public Health and Senior Physician at Bringham and Women's Hospitals in Boston. He is also a practicing cardiologist at the Lown Cardiovascular Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Along with Professor Eugueni Chazov of the Soviet Union, Lown founded the Interna...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:366 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:February 15, 1999Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345425979

ISBN - 13:9780345425973

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Among a landscape of hospital cuts and closings, the real problems with modern medicine are overlooked by issues of economics, insurance and managed care. But eminent physician Bernard Lown shines a light on the real crisis in medicine today: the loss of a fundamental human relationship between doctors and patients. In the best-selling The Lost Art of Healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine, Lown argues that medicine is, after all, the art of healing - and that many physicians have forgotten how to build a trusting relationship with their patients. With skill and sensitivity, Lown explains how to put humanity back in health care.

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"The Lost Art of Healing, by this noted scientist and clinician, should alert all physicians and medical students to the importance of linking science to the art and skill of medicine and of the doctor-patient relationship".

-- Journal of the American Medical Association