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Grief Connects Us

A Neurosurgeon's Lessons in Love, Loss, and Compassion

Joseph D. Stern (author) Sanjay Gupta (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781949481518

Publication Date: May 2021

Format: Paperback

Intimately explores the impact of personal loss on physicians and the ways in which they integrate it into their professional lives, providing a blueprint for change that places compassion and empathy at the centre of the practice of medicine.
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In his exceptionally thought-provoking and moving memoir, neurosurgeon Joseph D. Stern explores how personal loss influences the way physicians relate to patients and their families.

How does a doctor who deals with the death of patients on a regular basis confront his own loss when his beloved family member is living out her last days?

Despite a career as a neurosurgeon, Joseph Stern learned more about the nature of illness and death after his younger sister Victoria developed leukemia than his formal medical training ever taught him. Her death broke down the self-protective barriers he had built to perform his job and led to a profound shift in his approach to medicine.

During the year of her illness, Dr. Stern developed a greater awareness of the needs of patients and their families; of the burdens they carry; of the importance of connection, communication, and gratitude; and of what it means to ask the right questions. Grief Connects Us intimately explores the impact of personal loss on physicians and the ways in which they integrate it into their professional lives, providing a blueprint for change that places compassion and empathy at the centre of the practice of medicine.
Pages 280
Date Published 30 May 2021
Publisher Central Recovery Press
Subject/s Family & health   Biography & True Stories   Doctor/patient relationship   Neurosurgery  
Joseph Stern, MD, is a partner in the US's largest neurosurgical group practice, Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates, and practices neurosurgery in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is Director of Neurosciences at Cone Health, co-director of the Cone Health brain tumor program, president of the Cone Health Spine Co-Management program, and Director of Neurosciences Strategic Planning at Cone Health. Dr. Stern is a member of the Physician Leadership Council for One World Surgery, a charitable organization whose mission is to provide surgical care in Honduras and other countries lacking access to these services.

Sanjay Gupta, MD, is chief medical correspondent, CNN.

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