Sussman asserts that doctors need to embrace empathy, intuition, and a dash of alternative medicine in addition to traditional science in this medical memoir. A captivating journey into the psychic and spiritual dimensions of healing.
Dr. Sussman’s inspiring book guides the reader through a deeply personal journey of reflective soul searching and discernment, the kind of journey that is needed to appreciate and practice medicine with a sense of wisdom, humility, and wonder.
─Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey, adjunct faculty, University of Minnesota Medical School; founders, Wisdom at Work; authors of Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World and Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness
Whether those reading this book are happy or disappointed with their current physician, Dr. Sussman is the role model for what we all would like to see in every clinician: not just knowledge of the science and latest research but, more importantly, a sense of compassion, empathy, and respect for every patient, no matter the circumstances. The numerous personal accounts are an invaluable contribution, helping to explain what “saving the art of medicine” means and why this is essential to the future of healthcare.
─Irl B. Hirsch, M.D., professor of medicine, UW Medicine Diabetes Institute
This easy to read as well as practical book reminds me of the trials and tribulations I, and many of my colleagues, have suffered practicing the science of medicine. Patients have often not improved, despite our best evidence-based approaches. Treatments that were supposed to be the gold standard one year are lacking the next. Time with the patient suffers in the digital age, but if, as the author makes clear, the physician continues to show compassion, healing can still occur. I strongly recommend this book to anybody studying the healing arts. It is a book that can only be written by one with the experience and open mind of a doctor such as Allen Sussman, willing to explore what lies beyond the constraints of science.
─Gordon Irving, M.B., former medical director of Swedish Pain Services, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA; author of Pain Management for the Practicing Physician