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Greetings, Book Explorers:
Are you waiting for a call back from your doctor? Are you dreading your next visit –- the long wait and the short face time? Are you overwhelmed trying to keep your medical plan’s co-pay and referral policies straight? Does your doctor know your name without looking at your chart? Are you one of many people who doesn’t have a primary-care physician because his/her practice is full? And if you do does it take months to schedule a routine physical?
If the answer to these questions is yes or mostly yes you’ve got a lot of company in a club no one wants to be a member of: the American Health Care Crisis. In many ways all the complexities and costs of modern medicine converge in the offices of what used to be known as a family practice. Today’s doctors spend too much time arguing with insurance companies about coverage and low reimbursements, which causes them to work longer hours seeing more patients in shorter office visits. No wonder many medical school graduates these days want to be dermatologists.
If you long for the days (if you even remember the days) when a doctor actually came to your house or at least had the ability to give you his/her full attention during a relaxed visit you will want to want to read The Spirit of the Place, a novel by Samuel Shem While the book is about many things –- love, loss, family, community, leaps of faith –- a small-town doctor and a not-so-sure-he-wants-to-be-a family doctor are at the heart of this very insightful, charming and funny book. If you are a fan of Empire Falls, by Richard Russo, and all it has to say about community and connection then you will enjoy this book very much. The
Does the author’s name rings a bell?
Here’s what some other talented authors have to say:
‘'The Spirit of the Place is written with a large heart, a healing touch, wry and wise insight into the human condition. Worthy of the Best of Samuel Shem, which is worthy indeed.'
James Carroll, National Book Award Winner and author of House of War
"A deeply moving and profoundly intelligent exploration of the complexities and rewards of family, profession, and place. The story of a young physician returning to his small town becomes a tale with universal meaning. This book continues to resonate in the mind and heart long after it is read"
Jerome Groopman, M.D., Author of How Doctors Think
"In this lovely novel Samuel Shem brilliantly describes scenery from the
Susan Cheever, Author of American
"This new novel from Samuel Shem, raucous and insightful physician of the soul, captures a town, a man, a time of life with all the verve and nerve that marked THE HOUSE OF GOD. Hooray!"
Bill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben Reader
Book Explorers: Are you a fan of books -- fiction and non-fiction -- about medicine, medical issues and health-care professionals? What have you read in these genres? Dr. Phil does not count!
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ande wrote:Thanks for adding those. Bellevue is a great press and I'm glad you mentioned it. In case you didn't see it, Paula Nangle, a Bellevue author (The Leper Compound), joined us at Book Explorers -- see #10 -- a few weeks ago and discussed her very good novel.