About the Book

Clinicians-physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others--share the unique responsibility of patient care and the limitless fulfillment this calling can provide. The healing professions have an ancient and venerable tradition of service, honor, and humanism that is often communicated from teacher to student in anecdotes and bits of wisdom told quickly in passing. Gathering together this type of valuable information in one place, Advice To The Healer: On The Art of Caring, Second Edition, includes biographies of historical luminaries in medicine, tales from everyday practice, inspirational quotes and artwork, and advice for new and veteran healers alike.

"Today, when medical education short-changes basic clinical skills in favor of technology, when many young clinicians seem to view medicine as a trade instead of a calling, and when we see practicing physicians hawking their services on roadside billboards, it is refreshing to read a book that extols medicine's rich history and traditional values."

- Robert B. Taylor, MD, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

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Listen to this two-part Podcast on ReachMD with Dr. Colgan: Part 1 and Part 2.

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Dr. Colgan's Blog

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The Art of Medicine Podcast

In this interview with Sharon Boston, Dr. Richard Colgan, a family medicine specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, shares what he's learned about medical history and how these lessons apply to the doctor-patient relationship. He delved into the topic while doing research for a book, "Advice to the Healer: On The Art of Caring," in which he explores medical practices from the days of Hippocrates which are still in use today.

In this podcast, Dr. Colgan also talks about the increased use of technology in medicine, the concept of humanism in medicine and "the art of healing." Dr. Colgan is also a professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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Book Available Now
10th December 2009

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About Dr. Colgan

Dr. Richard Colgan is a Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland.

He has been recognized by his students for his teaching expertise, and was the School of Medicine's nominee to the Association of American Medical Colleges for its Humanism in medicine award and was the recipient of his schools golden apple award for best clinical faculty teacher. He has taught nationally and is recognized as one Baltimore's and the countries best physicians by surveys of his peers. Dr. Colgan has written over 50 scientific articles, research studies, medical reviews and human interest stories in the medical literature.