Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Own Medicine (2002)

A Doctor's Life as a Patient 
by Geoffrey Kurland
Overview from Google Books: From mortal illness to miraculous recovery, a doctor's moving account of his own experience as a patient At forty-two, Geoffrey Kurland, a pediatric pulmonologist specializing in such deadly diseases as cystic fibrosis, was diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia, a rare cancer with a statistically low survival rate. A remarkably fit man in training for 100-mile "extreme" races whose job is equally high performance, he is forced to confront the challenge of his own mortality. He tries to cope by turning inward in a desperate search for ever-elusive answers. As the doctor becomes a patient and lives through the terror and pain that he had until then only observed at a remove in his young patients, he learns invaluable life lessons that will ultimately make him a better doctor. This is Kurland's memoir of his diagnosis, treatment, and return to health and "normal" life-an unforgettable testament to the resilence of the human spirit.

There is also an amazing talk about the book which Geoffrey Kurland gave at Chautauqua in 2004.  My Own Medicine: Lessons Learned en Route to Recovery.  I found it at my local library.