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In Awe of Being Human

A Doctor's Stories from the Edge of Life and Death
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Abiding Nowhere Press
 | 
April, 2013
ISBN:
9780985496777
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$16.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This heartful book will have you in tears. In Awe of Being Human weaves tales of the seriously-ill children and adults who were Betsy MacGregor's patients together with descriptions of the soul-stretching experiences that physicians undergo in seeking to help people whose lives are at stake, taking readers deep into the challenging world of hospitals and the medical professionals who work in them.

Betsy was a children’s doctor in a New York City hospital for almost thirty years, and her stories of serving the inner-city wounded are eye- and heart-opening. She really saw it all. And her voice is very kind.

My aim in telling these stories is to offer a riveting glimpse into the world of hospitals and doctoring where so much intensity and depth exists. It seems to me that many people today are hungering for this—hungering to taste the unadorned reality of joy and pain, of life and death… These stories are intended to plunge readers into the sometimes unsettling but ultimately uplifting drama of life and leave them in awe at the miracle of being human.

 ”The luminous stories in Dr. MacGregor’s book show how doctors and patients alike step forward to meet the most daunting challenges life can bring and in so doing demonstrate beautifully for the rest of us what it really means to be human. Read this book—it will nourish your soul!” —Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous  Happiness

In Awe of Being Human is a book of inspiration and renewal. It is impossible to read these beautiful stories without remembering that, at its core, medicine is not a work of science but an act of love.” —Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

“As these sparkling essays reveal, Betsy MacGregor is the kind of physician everyone wants.  If you can’t have her as your doctor, do the next best thing: read her magnificent book.” —Larry Dossey, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

Publisher’s Description: 

In Awe of Being Human weaves tales of the seriously-ill children and adults who were Betsy MacGregor's patients together with descriptions of the soul-stretching experiences that physicians undergo in seeking to help people whose lives are at stake, taking readers deep into the challenging world of hospitals and the medical professionals who work in them.

 ”The luminous stories in Dr. MacGregor’s book show how doctors and patients alike step forward to meet the most daunting challenges life can bring and in so doing demonstrate beautifully for the rest of us what it really means to be human. Read this book—it will nourish your soul!” —ANDREW WEIL, M.D., author of Why Our Health Matters; Healthy Aging; Spontaneous  Happiness

In Awe of Being Human is a book of inspiration and renewal. It is impossible to read these beautiful stories without remembering that, at its core, medicine is not a work of science but an act of love.” —RACHEL NAOMI REMEN, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings

In Awe of Being Human is a brilliant, inspired work.  It is the view of a physician who can marvel at the spectacular ways the human condition displays itself in health and illness.  As these sparkling essays reveal, Betsy MacGregor is the kind of physician everyone wants.  If you can’t have her as your doctor, do the next best thing: read her magnificent book.” — LARRY DOSSEY, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

“This is an extraordinary book that reminds the reader of the preciousness of life and the mystery of death. Written by a compassionate clinician, one whose humanity shines through every word, Dr. MacGregor gives us a view of living, illness, dying and death that is remarkable in its hopefulness and wisdom.” — ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX, Founding Abbot, Upaya Zen Center; author of Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

“In these tender, powerful stories, hurt yields to healing, and despair flowers unexpectedly into hope. Page after page, tears filled my eyes as my heart opened and my spirit soared. Betsy MacGregor is the loving, life-affirming physician all of us want, the wise teacher every doctor needs.” —JAMES GORDON, M.D., founder and director, The Center for Mind Body Medicine; author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression

 

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