Searching for the best medicine [electronic resource] : the life and times of a doctor and patient / Arthur Bank.

Bank, Arthur.
Singapore : World Scientific, 2013.
1 online resource (241 p.)

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This book describes the life and times of a physician-scientist over the last half-century. Part One is about the author's struggle with colon cancer and the lessons he learnt from the experience; Part Two is about his life growing up, the pretzel bakery, his family, being educated at Bronx Science, Columbia College, Harvard Medical School, and his medical training at the Boston City Hospital and the NIH. Part Three, the major portion of the book, describes the author's experiences as a practicing physician and hematologist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center over 40 years. It also present
Table of Contents; Prologue; Part One The Doctor As Patient; Chapter One The Big C; Discovery; Surgery and recovery; The real world of medicine; Visitors and privacy; Dr. Edgar Leifer; Chapter Two Getting Better; Recovery; Learning the truth; Hoping for the best and 5-FU; Dr. Peter Wiernik; Attitudes; Drugs and the future; Discovering God or something like it; Death; Reality; The sabbatical in Paris; Sally; Part Two Growing Up; Chapter Three In The Beginning; The pretzel bakery; Going to school; Friends; Hebrew School; Bronx Science; Social life; Chapter Four College Days; The academic milieu
SportsA social life; Chapter Five Decisions, Decisions; Harvard Med; Medicine; Better medicine; New friends; Summers and money; Love and marriage; Chapter Six Basic Training; Emergencies; Patients, patience; The staff; Part Three Doing Medicine; Chapter Seven A Special Calling; The Ideal Physician; The Drill: Taking the history; The physical examination: a lost art; The laboratory and x-rays: great advances; The science of medicine; Chapter Eight Making Diagnoses; The Difficult Cases; Chapter Nine Columbia-Presbyterian Medicine; Ward Rounds; General Medical Clinic
Chapter Ten Becoming a HematologistMy subspecialty; A new life; Making another decision; Life at the NIH; Returning to Columbia; Chapter Eleven Hematology and Oncology; Divisions; Chapter Twelve Doing Hematology; Coagulation; Anemia: the hematologist's forte; Mysteries; Hematology conferences; Caring for in-patients; Chapter Thirteen Sickle Cell Disease; Caring; A complex disease; Chapter Fourteen Special People; Gladys; Vinnie; Part Four Medicine Today; Chapter Fifteen The Practice of Medicine; The real world for doctors; Really good doctors; Dubious activities; Younger doctors; Bad doctors
Best adviceChapter Sixteen The Business of Medicine; My medical insurance; The big picture; Chapter Seventeen Solutions; The Affordable Care Act; Chapter Eighteen Changing Times; America Divided; Chapter Nineteen The Last Chapter; About the Author; Index
Includes index.