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Stories from My Heart: A Cardiologist's Reflections on the Gift of Life

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Stories from My Heart
A Cardiologist's Reflections on Life

Stories from My Heart is a collection of stories and essays that come right out of the author's heart. These are real life experiences that capture the fascinating details, challenges, drama and at times humor as well, while working through three different countries in three different continents in the world - India, England and USA.
Dr. Nathan has been practicing Cardiology and Internal Medicine for the past 50 years. He has had a remarkable journey in medicine under different conditions in many parts of the world. Through these well crafted stories he captures the drama, challenges, tragedies and triumphs with great compassion, fascinating details and humor where it can be found. Dr Nathan is an amazing story teller who writes with fervor and inimitable fascination for the human spirit and he is endowed with a natural gift for interweaving cutting edge medical technology with lucid and concise literary finesse.
The book also gives the reader a peek into the medicine of the 21st century America as well as a preview of the art of medicine which is as old as human history itself. All these are compelling stories touching on various aspects of human lives. As Hippocrates said, "Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also love of humanity.

Stories from My Heart A Cardiologist's Reflections on LifeStories from My Heart is a collection of stories and essays that come right out of the author's heart. These are real life experiences that capture the fascinating details, challenges, drama and at times humor as well, while working through three different countries in three different continents in the world - India, England and USA. Dr. Nathan has been practicing Cardiology and Internal Medicine for the past 50 years. He has had a remarkable journey in medicine under different conditions in many parts of the world. Through these well crafted stories he captures the drama, challenges, tragedies and triumphs with great compassion, fascinating details and humor where it can be found. Dr Nathan is an amazing story teller who writes with fervor and inimitable fascination for the human spirit and he is endowed with a natural gift for interweaving cutting edge medical technology with lucid and concise literary finesse. The book also gives the reader a peek into the medicine of the 21st century America as well as a preview of the art of medicine which is as old as human history itself. All these are compelling stories touching on various aspects of human lives. As Hippocrates said, "Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also love of humanity.
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Sales Rank:
99,999,999
Pages:
286
Publication Date:
08/09/2013
ISBN13:
9781484053584
Product Dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x0.60(d)
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
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About the Author
Dr. M.P. Ravindra Nathan is a physician with fifty years of experience in the practice of medicine and cardiology. He was the Director of Hernando Heart Clinic in Brooksville, FL for thirty years, 1981 - 2011. Currently he practices cardiology in Hernando County, FL. He is also an author, speaker and humanitarian
Dr. Nathan was born in India and graduated from Trivandrum Medical College, India and then received his post graduate medical training in England. He has worked in London, Cambridge, Sheffield and Sunderland, UK. He came to USA in 1972.
He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, American College of Medicine, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association and Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
He has published more than 180 articles and stories including research papers in scientific journals and lay press. He has been a frequent contributor to Medical Economics, Cortlandt Forum, Journal of Florida Medical Association Tampa Bay Times and Hernando Today and writes a monthly column on medical matters for Khaas Baat, an Indian magazine. He was the Editor in Chief of the AAPI Journal and currently is its Emeritus Editor/ Advisor. He was also the past president of AKMG (Association of Kerala Medical Graduates) and past president of Hernando division of American Heart Association.
Dr. Nathan recently edited, along with 5 other authors, a coffee table volume of 215 pages titled 'Archives of AKMG' that was released on July 13, Friday in Detroit by AMA president Dr Jeremy Lazarus.
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Editorial Reviews
2014-03-24
A cardiologist shares a wealth of experiences from his 50 years of practice. Nathan doesn't just treat people's hearts; he also puts his heart into his work. In these 45 short anecdotes, he tells about his years as a physician in India, England and America. He eventually settled in Florida, and for the last few decades, he's tended to the special needs of the elderly. In the first section, "The Art of Medicine," readers get a glimpse into Nathan's character when he quotes a few comforting lines from the Bhagavad-Gita to a sick patient, including "Don't grieve for the living or the departed." He often returns to the theme of treating patients with compassion, although he believes that patients' distrust of doctors has increased over the years. Some of the prose is a bit mechanical and choppy ("Mr. Dugan, a sixty-five-year-old somewhat obese businessman, recently retired, and he moved to my hometown, Brooksville"), and it includes many undefined medical terms, such as hepatomegaly and amebiasis. However, Nathan's authenticity and humanity shine through as he candidly tells of lessons he's learned from his own clinical and personal experiences, including his own heart attack and kidney transplant. Although a few snippets lack drama, most offer a peek into a world that many readers are unfamiliar with; he shares his frustration at being sued, for example, and tells of how he must constantly balance the delicate relationships among the patient, the patient's family and the insurance company. He also writes that he feels that his learning is never complete. He includes absorbing stories about a prominent surgeon friend who succumbed to Alzheimer's; a 23-year-old AIDS patient who asked to be taken off her respirator; and a simple prank among friends that led to death. The book also discusses the differences between India's and America's medical practice; in India, Nathan says, doctors still make house calls, as many people avoid the hospital, believing it's where people go to die. Overall, the author's sincerity and humility give this varied collection tremendous appeal. An often insightful memoir about the human side of medicine, from a physician who's still willing to learn.
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