An Amazing Look Behind the Scenes of the Medical Profession

In “Dr. Confidential: Secrets Behind the Veil” Richard Sheff M.D. chronicles formative experiences from his years in medical school and during his residence. The book is a result of a lesson Dr. Sheff learned early in his training. “…in the midst of all the medical technology and pressure to master so much new clinical information” it would be easy to lose tract of his original intention “of helping others, at some level as an expression of love.” It is his hope that the book will provide deeper insights into the importance of the doctor/patient relationship.

The book is divided into two main parts: Part One deals with his experiences in Medical School – The University School of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Part Two relates his residency program in family medicine experience at the Brown University in Providence R. I.

An articulate communicator, Richard Sheff captures and holds the reader’s attention from his first class room experience in Gross Anatomy right through each rotation of his training as a medical student, including: Psychiatry, gynecology, obstetrics, surgery, internal medicine, and pediatrics, choosing a specialty, elective classes, and Sub internship.

Part Two includes the years of Sheff’s residency, his internship, junior residency, and senior residency. He details many of his experiences treating patient’s involving numerous illnesses relating to family practice.

I could identify with many of the issues that concerned Sheff. At nine years old I was admitted to a University Medical Training Hospital for a nervous disorder resulting from complications arising after having Scarlet Fever. For two month’s I was the subject of the rounds being made by the medical students, interns, and staff doctors. On one occasion I was taken to an amphitheater where my case was presented to a classroom full of medical students. After presenting my case I was asked to demonstrate my writing skills and my ability to tie my hospital gown. To this day I remember the humiliation of hearing that at nine years old my skill level in those two details was at the level of a six year old. For the next four years I returned to the pediatric outpatient department for ongoing teaching exposure to go through blood tests, medical histories, and a routine of jumping on one foot, sticking out my tongue, and extending my hands to determine how steady I could hold them. At the time I was too young to question the treatment or the cure. I did move on to adulthood, married an RN who recognized and directed me to Doctor’s known as being patient advocates. As a result of my excellent care and relatively good health, today I hold members of the medical profession in high esteem.

Sheff’s writing is engaging, memorable, and candid. He delivers a strong message for everyone associated with or involved in the field of patient care. Dr. Sheff is sincere in his advocacy for healing patients and healing healthcare. He calls for love, courage, passion, and integrity from hospitals, physicians, and related medical professionals. “Doctor Confidential: Secrets Behind the Veil” is a timely and important book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from a representative of the author or the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines.

Listen to Your Heart Press
35 South County Way, Suite D12
South Kingstown, RI 02879
978-0983081906, $ 16.95, 2011, 352 pages



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