Learning to Listen

Every physician is taught to listen to patients. Every physician acknowledges it’s an essential skill. Yet, study after study shows physicians interrupt their patients within a few seconds of their patients’ oral presentation of their problem(s). The author, Prof. Terry Hannan, MD, teaches us to shut up for a few minutes. If we do so, medical care will be safer, more efficient, kinder, and patients will help clinicians be better healers.

This book convincingly demonstrates the value of listening to patients; of discovering what is missing or wrong in the chart, of understanding the real etiology, and of the all-powerful value of honest communication.  The book is a passionate defense of the physician as a human being who can listen and communicate with patients to help heal and understand. The physician, granted awesome authority and respect by society, is in a unique position to help patients understand and heal themselves in addition to bringing the needed care and science for their benefit. Included here, is knowing when to prevent unneeded care.

All of that said, the reason everyone should read this book–both clinicians and lay readers–is for the short stories of patient’s lives and experiences as they impact their illnesses and the role of healthcare.  The stories are inevitably warm, humane, sensitive, and insightful. They give us hope for humans’ ability to help others, or at least to understand and ease their pain.

Each of the stories is this very short book is only a page or three long. Each is personal and poignant.  Each gives us hope for medical care and for humanity.

Learning to Listen published first on https://carilloncitydental.tumblr.com/

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Author: BrighterLife

I am a certified Dietitian and won many accolades for my award winning The Nutrition Guide. I am also co-founder of Step Consulting and guiding you to live a healthier you for more than 20 years. I have more than 30 years of work expertise if you are looking for overall wellness and not just about shedding your weight. I have the quality to empower whoever comes in contact with me to take charge of their health and wellbeing. It is all about balance and moderation, with simple concept of eat less and active more. A Master's In Public Health keeps me abreast of the latest health concerns and on the cutting edge of intervention. Focusing on aging and longevity with a holistic approach to living your best life is my pathway to inner peace and happiness.

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