Physician, Seek Help–Don't Just Heal Thyself
In my second year of medical school, I attended a reading by Dr. Abraham Verghese, a physician, writer, and humanist. He had just written a book, The Tennis Partner, that was about his friend and then-medical student who lost a slow battle to drug addiction and mental illness. The book was about how their relationship developed—and how he found out about his friend’s problems, then failed to act on it. The reading was poignant because of his obvious emotional involvement, and because the topic hit close to home.
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About the Author:
Dr. Leana S. Wen, M.D., is an emergency physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of the new book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. For more information, visit her blog The Doctor is Listening or her website. You can also follow her on Twitter at @DrLeanaWen.