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Human Voices Wake Us
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Patients and physicians are adrift in this era of rapidly changing medical paradigms. Perhaps it has always been so, though it seems that lately the dissatisfaction on both sides has intensified.

Doctors today are struggling: debt, divorce, substance abuse, burnout, suicide. They succeed or fail on professional treadmills; patient encounters measured out with coffee spoons. The doctor patient relationship is crumbling. Bureaucratic and corporate masters make their never-ending arguments of insidious intent. The overwhelming questions: Now where to turn? How do physicians— and their patients—avoid being crushed by the demands of science, of perfection, of expectations? How do we recover the awe we once felt in this world in which we expend our life force every day? How can we find joy once more?

Human Voices Wake Us is a plea, a prayer, a path for caregivers and patients, for all of us who struggle in difficult circumstances for understanding, enlightenment, and healing. This book is a treatise on the importance of self-reflection, attentiveness to our own inner voice and needs, as well as to those who are struggling with illness, age, infirmity, and loss. It is a call to nurture our idealism: that solid foundation grounding empathic responsiveness and our own humanity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword: On Human Voices Wake Us
  2. Alan Shapiro
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. First Do No Harm
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. The Emu in the Graveyard
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  1. Vigil, 1958
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  1. Forest Hills Park, Spring 1994
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  1. Pawn shop Dreams
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  1. Are Butterflies Birds?
  2. p. 7
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  1. Taos, 4 July, 2100 Hours
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. A Denunciation of Quarks
  2. p. 10
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  1. Blown Pupil
  2. p. 11
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  1. There
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  1. The Breast exam
  2. p. 13
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  1. Low Water Crossing
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  1. This Sadness
  2. p. 15
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  1. To the Medical Student Who Jumped From the Roof of the Hospital
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Happiness Is Genetic Too
  2. p. 18
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  1. Out of Practice
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Non-Stop Flight
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  1. Gardeners
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  1. Common Texas Grasses—A Guide
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  1. Shock and Awe in Comfort, Texas
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  1. What I Remember of Embryology
  2. p. 25
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  1. B-Ball Lament
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. What Mick’s Got
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. On Slipping Through Terminal 1, Concourse C at O’Hare
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  1. The Teens For Christ Convention At the Holiday Inn
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Flu Season
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  1. The Whistler
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  1. What We Said
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Triage
  2. p. 37
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  1. Letting It Go
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. A Sigh on Rounds
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  1. Discharges
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  1. Sherbet
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  1. Clinic
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  1. Side Show
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  1. Hometown Girl
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  1. Raising Money for Medical Bills
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  1. The Tyranny of Aging
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  1. Redbud
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  1. Blue Period
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  1. Moon Over Twin Sisters Peak
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Dragonfly
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  1. Mowing
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  1. Red Oak
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  1. Free Range
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  1. Feeding the Fish
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  1. Plastic Caskets
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  1. Goshawk
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Perseids
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  1. Dark Side
  2. p. 65
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  1. A Paper Anniversary at 52
  2. p. 66
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  1. Blue Norther
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. The Day it Came In
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Overwinter
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Auscultation
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Acknowledgments and Permissions
  2. pp. 75-77
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  1. Literature and Medicine
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