Anecdote to Antidote:
101 Medical Musings and
from a World Class Doctor
(Who's also a Royal Knight!)
Richard Klein, M.D.
SECTION 1: “PEOPLE”
One of my main goals
with this book is to ease the intimidation I see in my patients’
eyes as I consult with them for the first time. Not because
I don’t enjoy being put on a pedestal (I do), but because
of how it influences their behavior while we discuss such
important things as their medical history, weight, allergies,
past medical procedures, et cetera. I can’t tell you
how many second opinions I’ve given, often in complete
reversal of a previous doctor’s diagnosis, that could
have been easily avoided if the patients had simply been more
honest and less intimidated by their doctor during their initial
from Section 1: "PEOPLE"
SECTION 2: “PLACES”
As much as I’ve
learned from my patients and about
myself through my time in medicine, I’ve also learned
from the places medicine has taken me. I’m not just
talking about my schooling in Rome or my work in Israel or
my service in the navy and marines, although all of these
experiences had profound, wonderful effects on my life.
Section 2: "PLACES"
SECTION 3: “THINGS”
the intricacies of faith, the depth
and breadth of the human mind — as inscrutable as any
or all of these may be for some, the world of medicine can
seem just as byzantine and impenetrable to the uninitiated.
Maybe that’s why television shows like Quincy, ER, CSI,
and the like are so popular and so long-lived. The everyday
world of medicine generates more than enough fodder for both
screen writers and mystery buffs with its seemingly endless
false leads, hidden clues, and complex yet often invisible
network of relationships, causes, and effects, each leading
down a series of potential blind alleys. Excerpt
from Section 3: "THINGS"
Alfred B. DelBello
Former Westchester County Executive
And Lieutenant Governor of NY
I’ve just completed
reading a draft of your book and it wraps up all the good
things you have done throughout your medical career. I recall
during my days in office as Westchester County Executive and
Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York, your presence
within the community and the respect you garnered for your
social consciousness and active involvement in matters of
real concern in the community. You
have always truly cared. My best wishes for a most successful
launch and publication of your book.
Dr. Klein has the perfect
antidote for the usual boring medical memoir.
Michael H. Rosenberg, MD, FACS
Attending Plastic Surgeon
Northern Westchester Hospital
President, Westchester County Medical Society
In our rapidly expanding technological
age, old fashioned common sense seems quaint, even unnecessary.
Yet in medicine, the ability to listen carefully, and with
understanding, can often be more important than the results
of a CT scan, or MRI. Dr. Klein presents us with the wisdom
of over 30 years of the thoughtful and incisive practice of
medicine, and we can all enjoy and benefit from the knowledge
he so skillfully communicates to us. This book is wonderful
reading for doctors, would-be doctors, and their patients
everywhere, so open wide and enjoy!
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