- March 26, 2020
-- "A Surgeon's Lessons, Learned and Lost" details how doctors in the mid-20th century learned medicine the old-fashioned way – in the autopsy room, the laboratory, and at bedside – training to become well-rounded general physicians.
Chicago pediatric surgeon John Raffensperger presents his own personal story of medical education, the practice of surgery, and the failure of today's system for delivering complete medical care. His professional experiences from the 1950s to 2015 illustrate how medicine has changed from a personal, caring doctor-patient relationship to an impersonal business, depending on X-rays and blood tests, rather than listening to patients and the "laying on of hands." Medicine has become a de-personalized business, subject to decisions by insurance executives and hospital administrators.
"Medical education was at a major turning point with the introduction of many new 'scientific' advances, while at the same time having limited success in such areas as cancer. For example, anatomy was a year-long process and a student's cadaver became a significant learning tool in understanding the human body and its possible defects. This has changed with some anatomy instruction being done 'online,' thus missing the fact that no two bodies are unique." – Dr. Terrence McGarty, Florham Park, New Jersey
"A compelling and candid account of how surgeons learn and refine their skills. John Raffensperger shares successes and failures, advances in medicine and surgery, the faults in today's system, what we might learn from health care systems in other countries, and the pitfalls of hospital politics." – Di Saggau, Island Sun newspaper, Santiva/Captiva Florida
About the Author: "In the field of contemporary health care, it is generally acknowledged that Dr. John Raffensperger is one of the most eminent pediatric surgeons of our day… We are now lucky to see him produce a memoir … the portrayal of a life devoted to the care of sick children … The whole is permeated by a welcome candor … but also the callous insensitiveness of administrators and board members, more attentive to budgetary financial buoyancy than to measures that would allay pain and suffering in patients." – F. Gonzalez-Crussi, MD, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, Northwestern University, Chicago
A SURGEON'S LESSONS, LEARNED AND LOST (ISBN: 978-1-949483-
80-2) is now available for $14.95 and can be ordered through the publisher's website:www.sbprabooks.com/JohnRaffensperger
or at your favorite book seller.
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