The Patient and the Plastic Surgeon
Author: Robert M Goldwyn MD
The author has written this book to share his observations and thoughts with other plastic surgeons. It is a personal statement about taking care of patients, not a manual on office procedure or an encyclopedia on the doctor patient relationship. Library shelves already buckle from the latter, which recently have come from non medical authors. Of physicians writing on this topic, few have been plastic surgeons. Although what transpires between patient and plastic surgeon has many similarities with other doctor patient relationships, there are differences which are crucial to recognise and to act upon. The author hopes that this book will aid in the care of patients by increasing the awareness of the dynamics and subtleties in the interaction between patients and plastic surgeon, particuarly during the initial consultation. For most of us, helping people was the stimulus that prompted our choosing medicine as a career, that buoyed us during the troughs of medical school and residency, and that still occupies most of our waking and working lives.
By examining the role of the doctor and the patient, this book emphasises the actions and reactions of each and the effects and consequences for both. As a physician, I was conscious of the temptation to confine my sights mostly to the patient. This narrowness of focus, however has been the defect of other writings on this subject. We must not forget that when we do something to a patient, we are doing something also to ourselves and the patient is doing something to us.
Medicine has survived because humankind is subject to disease and death. that one person has a problem and that another might have a solution is the immutable crux of the singular alliance between doctor and patient.
Finally, for humility and balance, we should remember that we who are physicians will eventually become patients. While it may be impossible to establish the priority between chicken and egg, it is certain that there was disease before there was medicine, and there were patients before there were doctors.
When and why things go right between patient and plastic surgeon and when and why they go wrong are what this book is about.
The book is in very good condition.
The book has some sentences underlined in ink by a previous owner on page 1.
The book has red boards with white lettering to the spine.
The book has bumping on the lower corner, outer edge of the rear cover.