A Doctor’s Journey: A Collection of Memoirs
Frederic A. Mendelsohn, M.D.
Outskirts Press (2011)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (8/11)
Let’s face it – there are many issues with the medical field, i.e., bedside manner, treatment options, or support. In “A Doctor’s Journey: A Collection of Memoirs,” Frederic A. Mendelsohn, M.D. gives accounts of several patients that he has worked with and how his continual support and try anything attitude has helped families or patients. Often in our rushed society, medical insurance coverage and lack of concern seem to convey the idea of “Let them go-why waste the time?”
Dr. Mendelsohn is so different from this. He is dedicated and will give his last breath to help in any way he can, even if the results are not what he wanted. Through the 10 Chapters, Dr. Mendelsohn discusses cases that have had an impact on him (few of many) – how he questioned himself about what he was doing and how he dealt with colleagues who really didn’t care to follow his pattern.
Readers will laugh, cry and pray through these stories. You will get mad at certain attitudes of other medical personnel and will fight to the end in your own mind. With our never-ending budget cuts, we are seeing such a change in our medical professions; however, there are many who really care and want to do what is best. This is a story of such a man; he is compassionate, questions his skills at times and is a firm believer in the human spirit that heals or deals with death.
As I was reading this incredible book, “A Doctor’s Journey,” I questioned myself and my profession and what I really wanted to do. Do you stick to your own beliefs and values as a professional or do you let others make that decision?