Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Book Review: Doctor Confidential: Secrets Behind the Veil

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Doctor Confidential: Secrets Behind the Wall by Richard Sheff, M.D. offers readers an opportunity to vicariously share in the experiences of a medical student in training.

Dr. Sheff shows the emotional wounds that doctors garner through the highly pressured years of their medical school education. In order to survive student doctors are forced to build up emotional walls by the time they walk out with a degree. In reality these doctors have become wounded healers.

Not until the reader is deep into the book, does it become apparent just how much Dr. Sheff suffered personally by witnessing medical treatments done wrong, horribly callous doctors, and by the mistakes that Sheff himself had made.

I am a lupus patient with years of perpetual doctor visits and treatments. Some of the book reignited my own emotional pain from the suffering I had experienced by rigid insensitive doctors. And in turn, I found an even deeper gratitude for my doctors who are truly gifted healers.

Dr. Sheff points out that it is not necessarily the medical treatment that helps the healing, but that healing happens within the relationship between doctor and patient.

I found this to be an engaging read that would most likely appeal to a young adult audience that is interested in a career in medicine.


3 out of 5 stars

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