by David Nagel
really liked it
Read in September, 2016
Since my father died two years ago, I have read a number of books dealing with hospice, healthcare management in the U.S.A., chronic pain, end-of-life, etc.
This is an excellent book written by an experienced MD, David Nagel. He covers the failure of our society in managing the chronic pain of patients; it often ignored, often understood. When a loved one is the "main character" instead of someone in a case study, things change.
The thing that sticks with me the most is a quote from the Epilogue: "The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity." (Rollo May, The courage to Create) Wow, right?
Dr. Nagel eventually gives up his practice because he can no longer conform. But don't think him a hero, nor a coward, he was doing what was right to him.