Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing

Category: Book
By (author): Sweet, Victoria
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
  MEDICAL / General
  MEDICAL / Healing
  MEDICAL / Physician & Patient
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: October 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*A radical new understanding of how medicine is best practiced, from the award-winning author of God's Hotel
 
Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, "healthcare" has replaced medicine, "providers" look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time-time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.
 
Sweet knows this because she has learned and lived it over the course of her remarkable career. Here she relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been both pioneer and inspiration. Medicine, she helps us to see, is a craft and an art as well as a science. It is relational, personal, even spiritual. To do it well requires a hard-won wisdom that no algorithm can replace-that brings together "fast" and "slow" in a truly effective, efficient, sustainable, and humane way of healing. 
Review Quote*"[A] master storyteller…highly readable… the sick will take comfort in this physician's warm, personal, knowledgeable approach." -Kirkus


Praise for God's Hotel:

"Transcendent . . . readable chapters go down like restorative sips of cool water, and its hard-core subversion cheers like a shot of gin . . . God's Hotel [is] a tour de force." -The New York Times

"A radical and inspiring alternative vision of caring for the sick." -Vanity Fair

"You might not expect a book about San Francisco's most downtrodden patients to be a page-turner, but it is. With its colorful cast of characters battling the tide of history, God's Hotel is a remarkable journey into the essence of medicine." -San Francisco Chronicle

"A most important book that raises fundamental questions about the nature of medicine in our time. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the ‘business' of healthcare-and especially those interested in the humanity of healthcare." -Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and The Mind's Eye 
Biographical NoteVictoria Sweet was a physician at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital for more than twenty years, an experience she chronicled in God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. An associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, she is also a prizewinning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.