This book is dedicated to the memory of Brian Klein and the sadness of his passing; and to my wife, Caryn – to our family and the brightness of our lives.

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I would like to thank Dee DelBello for the encouragement to write this book. Thanks also to Marci Smith, Robert Rozycki, and most especially to Derek Rydall, without whose help this task would never have succeeded.


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From Anecdote to Antidote: 101 Medical Musings and Practical Prescriptions from a Humanitarian Healer

This book is an important continuation of Dr. Klein’s mission as a doctor, politician, and above all a humanitarian. He bridges the gap from illness to wellness on this unhealthy planet, one patient at a time. For your very own autographed copy; you can order it from his office and it will be sent direct to you.

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What a Doctor Knows (Could Fill Life’s Waiting Room)

Excerpt from the book,

"In the previous pages, I’ve tried to share some of the most meaningful knowledge I’ve gleaned from thirty-five years of medical practice. Key among these insights is that patients are human beings with thoughts, feelings, hopes, and fears. They are obviously vulnerable when they come to a doctor with potential symptoms of a life-threatening illness such as cancer or heart disease. But there is more often simply a sense of helplessness at the realization that they are not in control of their circumstances, that they must rely on someone else to cure them. And this experience cuts across age, race, economic, and social status. They could be a mover and shaker of our society; a mega-successful businessman, a movie star, a politician, whatever. But in their doctor’s office or in the hospital, they are just Mr. or Mrs. Whomever in room 719.

It is at once humbling and extremely frightening.

Another key insight, one I want you to take away above all else, is that doctors are human too. I say this not to let my fellow colleagues off the hook, but to protect you, the patient, from the mistakes that can be made when you believe your doctor is infallible — or, worse, when your doctor believes he is! The fact is that doctors come to this partnership carrying their own baggage (sometimes an entire monogrammed set of Samsonite). And it is ultimately up to you, the patient, to determine if they’re qualified and competent to help you. Are they knowledgeable, or caring enough? Will they stay on top of your case? Do they create a safe environment where you feel comfortable sharing your deepest thoughts and concerns? Will they protect you, as the captain of the medical ship, from the often rough seas of the hospital environment?

In this complex mix of patients’ needs and fears, as well as those of physicians, there has to be a way for both to unite positively. And that, finally, is the true aim of this book: to begin a dialogue that will help you and your doctor create a powerful partnership for achieving optimal health. Your physician must be able to hear you, understand you, and use all of your cues to come up with a fitting and effective diagnosis and a treatment plan. But you, the patient, are not along for a free ride. As it is the physician’s role to cure, it is the modern patient’s role to be an active participant. You are empowered to protect yourself and always be on the alert for mistakes. But you must be on a quest to know all there is to know about your illness and your options. You are not a passenger, but the co-pilot, along with your doctor, on this flight toward total well being. It’s not always a smooth ride; there will likely be some choppy weather and turbulence, you may even get off the flight plan at times …

But a long as you and your doctor continue to navigate together, you will make the necessary course corrections to keep you on track toward your destination and hopefully and happily glide you to that safe landing of true and lasting health."

In From Anecdote to Antidote Dr. Klein shares his favorite stories from thirty years in the medical profession. The stories fall into one of three categories: PeoplePlacesThings

Throughout, he communicates the lessons learned along the way. As you read along, you will find the stories tend to lend themselves to the general themes, but by the same token maintain a universality.


"When you’re done with the book I hope you will agree with me that they all fall under that universal condition we call life. For what is a doctor if not a saver — a reminder — of human life?"

Richard S. Klein, M.D.


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