Dancing at the River's Edge
Book Topics
Feminism
women's issues
auto-immune disease
lupus
MS
Wegeners granulamatosis
chronic illness
doctor/ patient relationships Krohns disease
Sjögren's syndrome
NIH
Center for Disease Control
memoir
Medical memoir
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Dancing at the River's Edge : A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness

This dual memoir by a doctor and his longtime patient suffering with a chronic illness explores their unique relationship and bond based on trust, respect and honesty formed over two decades. In alternately written chapters, this book brings an unusual perspective to the patient/doctor dialogue, and touches upon areas of the medical practice not previously discussed in book form. The reader comes to realize not only the constant day to day frustrations and ongoing crises suffered by a patient who is chronically ill, but also obtains a greater understanding of the mental struggles and conflicts the concerned doctor must face in deciding what's best for a patient without compromising personal freedoms.
Book Topics
Feminism
women's issues
auto-immune disease
lupus
MS
Wegeners granulamatosis
chronic illness
doctor/ patient relationships Krohns disease
Sjögren's syndrome
NIH
Center for Disease Control
memoir
Medical memoir

Reviews and Comments

  • "An extraordinary meditation on illness a poetic, powerful and groundbreaking work that illuminates the resilience and strength of the human spirit."
    executive director, Storycorps, and editor, Listening Is an Act of Love
  • "DANCING AT THE RIVER'S EDGE is about the trials and tribulations of chronic disease you won't be able to put it down once you pick it up."
    former Federal Reserve Chairman
  • "A deeply personal exploration on both sides of the medical scenethe patient who suffers and strives to retain her 'self,' and the physician who struggles to maintain a balance between knowing the truth while attempting to understand its implications."
    president and executive director, American Autoimmune Diseases Related Association
  • "Whether you are doctor or patient, you see a bit of yourself in [this book]. . . . It demonstrates how profound the bond between doctor and patient can behow much power it imparts."
    founder, S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
  • "A book unlike any other; this slim volume probes the intricacies of a magical relationship, that of a patient with her doctor. A heart-wrenching dialogue that carries profound and life-altering insights for us all."
    head of gastroenterology, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and world's leading expert on Crohn's Disease
  • "A must-read for anyone who has traveled to the 'other planet' that is chronic illness, or loves someone who is making this arduous journey ... a life-affirming and deeply moving book."
    staff contributor, People; former contributor, Health, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time; coauthor, The Parents' Guide to Eating Disorders
  • "It delves into the intricacies and intimacy of chronic illness . . . it illuminates the spirit. Important for those suffering from chronic illness and [their] families."
    film producer, You've Got Mail and the X-Men series, a lupus patient