Book: The Mindful Medical Student
Spoofs can be difficult to detect, which is why I’m a bit hesitant to criticise this book. I have half a feeling that I’ll end up on someone’s website, on a roster of dupes who were foolish enough to take it seriously.
Eyebrows are raised right from Bernie Siegel’s foreword, in which he reprints letters that he has sent off to two deans of his former medical school. In these, he suggests that medical students should spend a week in hospital attached to a drip to find out what it’s like and asserts that most physicians have post-traumatic stress disorder. He gravely reports, “Neither dean wrote back.”
The book is largely based on theories of psychoanalysis and as such doesn’t really make a lot of sense: “If you asked how to manage unexpected patient erections during physical exams, were you genuinely wondering how to deal with such situations or was