If you want good personal healthcare - see a Vet.: Industrialised Humanity: Why and how we should care for one another? Paperback – 13 May 2015
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About the Author
David Zigmond initially trained in Medicine in the 1960s. For several decades he has worked in the NHS as a small-practice GP, and as a large hospital psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Alongside these he has maintained a practice as a private psychotherapist. From these long tenures he has explored the nature and importance of relationships, imagination and personal meaning throughout healthcare. These have fuelled and guided his view and practice of holistic medicine. His long-spanned teaching and writing have been committed to develop and secure these values. He helped launch the British Holistic Medical Association in the 1980s and has remained active in developing this approach. This book contains many of his contributions.
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This book is a journal – vignettes from a lifetime of work in a small room – and is fascinating simply as a book of short stories, snapshot narratives on the lives of doctors and their patients. Inevitably, the themes emerge and coalesce around the central one: that humanity has been eroded out of the practice of medicine. We have lost our humanity: for our patients and for each other, our fellow clinicians.
He laments the loss of humane care, ’Compassion may be powerful in effect, but it is fragile in viability: it needs a mindful and respectful space and ambience to survive.’ It is also letters, thoughts and conversations. Above all, his book serves as a handbook. Its gentle persuasion shows, not tells,
that just about everything we’re headed towards is unwise. He recalls the precious liminal space of our consulting rooms, our ability to ‘drink a person in’, detecting with a lifetime’s intuition what might be our role, and recognising that people are people, with complex histories. It is a rallying cry for continuity, for permission to care again. This book is the wisdom of a lifetime but most importantly, this book contains the language for revolt, the vocabulary to articulate your unease and express what really matters. We have all got it wrong, and Zigmond is very clear why.
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