Life, Death, and the Doctor
A Novel by Roger Dunham
The battle of arriving mortality is experienced by each of us during our lifetime. For some it is a ferocious fight filled with fear and intensity, and for others it is a time of seeking peace as the new future beyond human knowledge arrives. For everyone, however, it requires our complete attention as we are swept up by the forces over which we often have little control. This book takes the reader to that battlefront, and through the physician’s eyes, allows a better understanding of how patients may improve the circumstances that would otherwise seem inevitable. Surviving Mortality is a primer on survival as these patients fight the greatest battles of their lives.
From the AuthorThrough a doctor’s eyes, as the battle against mortality regularly unfolds, there is an opportunity for a survival from the fear and powerful forces that would bring life to an end. These experiences, gathered over 40 years of a vigorous medical practice, can bring hope to people looking at their own potential for mortality.
Reader Reviews from Amazon.com
By A Customer (5 STARS) A MUST READ!
This book is an absolute must read for all of us. Whether we are caring for an aging parent, aging ourselves (aren’t we all?!), or just grappling with the reality of the inevitable of what’s to come. What I love about this book is that it is written by a board-certified physician and the vignettes in the book are all based on true stories. The spirituality in this book runs deep while keeping a practical balance on how we all can best approach some of the most important decisions of our lives. A great read!!! Highly recommend!
Eldon Edwards (5 STARS) Excellent Book On Mortality By A Renowned Physician!This is a very interesting and insightful book on mortality by a renowned physician Roger Dunham. Great examples. The book also has many practical and insightful ideas on the current healthcare situation in USA and helpful ideas for Improving healthcare. This book is very well researched and well written. This book is an excellent guidebook for dealing with one’s mortality. I recommend this book without qualifications. This book is a very thoughtful book!
I liked the part where just doing your best really isn’t good enough!
To survive Mortality is to arrive at the end in the most comfortable and meaningful way possible, and we can see how that can be helped greatly with the aid of a good and caring Doctor.
As an added attraction, the author weaves in his exciting and thought provoking experiences serving on a nuclear Submarine as it barely survives near misseis in the metal crushing dark depths of the ocean.
Lots of real life experiences of this fascinating doctor make for a great read!
Carol Kallman (5 STARS) Dunham is not only a wonderful Doctor but a person who truly cares for his …Anyone reading this book will see that Dr. Dunham is not only a wonderful Doctor but a person who truly cares for his patients.
SBNS (5 STARS) Individualized health care respects the different ways patients choose to confront their own mortality.Well written book from a physician with a lifetime of frontline experience. He not only shares with the reader some of the present day system dysfunction in health care delivery but how some physicians choose to rise above it and still take excellent care of their patients; avoiding mortality as long as quality of life is preserved.
Regretfully, the days when Internal Medicine physicians made house calls at all hours and visited their patients in the hospital to continue their global care is going the way of the Dodo bird. Fellow physicians and patients owe a debt of gratitude to the Dunham’s of the medical world.