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Your child will encounter numerous medical professionals from the moment they are born. Attending Children A Doctors Education These people are there for your child as much as they are there for you to answer questions, diagnose illness, and ensure overall health. Some children only ever see the family doctor, while others may need an allergist or orthodontist. Here are just some of the medical professionals your child may come into contact with. The choice between a pediatrician and a family physician or general practitioner is for you to make. However, seeing a family doctor means your child could be with the same doctor their entire life. If your child sees a pediatrician, then they will usually switch to a general practitioner after puberty is complete.
Geskey bio Margaret E. Attending Children: A Doctor's Education.
One of the maxims often recited to medical students who are just beginning a rotation in pediatrics is "Children are not small adults. Although in recent years there have been many narratives written by physicians about practicing medicine in an adult setting, there have been comparatively few written about practicing pediatrics.
Not only does Margaret E. Mohrmann, in Attending Children: A Doctor's Educationdiscuss what it has been like to practice pediatrics over a career spent in academic medical centers, she also provides narratives that instruct medical students on how doctors learn to care for patients as opposed to how they acquire scientific knowledge.
Organizing her book around three definitions of the word "attend": "to listen to," "to accompany," and "to wait for," Mohrmann presents stories that showcase paradigmatic examples of key patient-physician interactions rather than illustrative ones.
An illustrative example is "something already known or formulated," whereas a paradigmatic example reveals something "previously unthought or uncomprehended" 6. This kind of revelatory patient-physician encounter can lead to epiphanic knowledge, a kind of knowledge that Anne Hunsaker Hawkins describes as "experienced as abrupt and total and 'all of a piece'—it is not knowledge arrived at through discursive reasoning.
Attending Children A Doctors Education example, Mohrmann recalls meticulously consulting textbooks and more experienced professionals when she was a first-year pediatrics resident trying to find the right dose and dosing schedule of a narcotic to help alleviate the pain of a spinal cord tumor, only to hear her patient say, "Dr.
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These cries of pain frustrated Mohrmann—"I hated it; sometimes I even thought I hated her" Not until she decided to "practice medicine" 26 and deviate from conventional wisdom by increasing the dose of pain medication and checking on her patient more frequently to see if the interval between doses needed to be shortened did she come to realize that not everyone's pain fits a predetermined schedule.
As a result, "in fewer than twenty-four hours, [her patient] was a changed person" Mohrmann's writing is both scientific and literary. Another aspect of Mohrmann's book that distinguishes it from other physician narratives is its discussion of empathy and religion.
She gives many examples of what Helle Mathiasen and Joseph S. Alpert would characterize as natural empathy, which does not require personal suffering, compared to empirical empathy, which does. Mohrmann writes about the perils of "presumptuous" empathy—as if understanding how a patient feels "by listening, paying attention, being present" permits health-care providers to therefore say, "I know how you feel," or Access options available:.
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