Sunday, June 23, 2013

{Book Review} "I Love My Doctor, But..." by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

*Disclosure: I received the following product(s) below from the Author in exchange for an honest review and in no way was I asked to give a positive review. I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Book Description:

You have questions for your physician, but don’t ask them? Your physician has questions for you, but he/she doesn’t ask them. That’s one hell of a way to run an airline, a railroad, a government, or a medical practice. Why? Fault is besides the point, but difficult or painful questions unasked or unanswered threatens your health and compromises the physician’s ability to help. You have something that you want to confide to your physician, but you don’t. You sigh with relief when he/she doesn’t ask. You’re a physician and you need the answers to questions that might make your patient uncomfortable. You’re relieved when he/she doesn’t ask or you run out of time. Patients and physicians are limited in their ability to predict which questions will be unwelcome and you might be surprised by the response. If it’s important, ask. I Love My Doctor, But… empowers patients and their physicians and offers common sense answers to important questions. 

The book deals with important issues and makes specific suggestions about: 

1. Malpractice 
2. How much care is enough 
3. Matching patient and physician 
4. Finding a physician 
5. Online information 
6. Getting along with your physician 
7. Take away suggestions 
8. When to go to the emergency room 
9. Glossaries: medical terminology and medical specialists

About the Author, Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.:

The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room. I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology. I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine. My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two ‘Circle trips’ to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second. I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose. My novels include: First, Do No Harm April 2007. No Cure for Murder August 2011, For the Love of God January 2012, Rage 2012, and Tortured Memory 2013. In the last two years, I’ve written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000). We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 15 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 8year old Yorkie who just looks like he’s on steroids.

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Dr. Gold pens "I Love My Doctor, But..."  that address the changes in doctor/patient relationships and actually came at a perfect time for me as I was searching for a new doctor since my old doctor finally retired. Dr. Gold puts a lot of good information that everyone could use, including a glossary of medical terms...which we all really don't understand.when our own doctors use them. Between the helpful information and humor that the author throws in, I totally enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to everyone.

I give "I Love My Doctor, But..." a 5 star rating.

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