Advice to the Young Physician

On the Art of Medicine

  • Richard Colgan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


Advice to the Young Physician introduces the origins of important teachings that form the basis of medicine as it has been taught by some of history's greatest educators in medicine.  Advice to the Young Physician reveals how to make the transition from technician to healer.

This book reinforces the humanistic side of patient care, which is often overshadowed by the focus on highly technological elements.  Medical students, residents, fellows, physicians, and allied health practitioners often forget the intricacies of the genomic makeup of adenoviruses, yet they remember the tips, anecdotes and aphorisms related by mentors, educators, and experienced physicians.  The art of medicine comes from insights gained from unique and dynamic experiences between the physician, an enthusiastic medical student and the human patient, and is rarely found in books or taught in a universal and systematic way.

Advice to the Young Physician provides numerous examples of best practices in order to internalize and practice the art of medicine, including tenets taught by Hippocrates, Maimonides, Osler, Peabody, Schweitzer and others.

Advice to the Young Physician targets aspiring and new physicians with the intent to make them better physicians.  It hits the mark.  An effective mix of the writings of some of medicine's giants, as well as clinical experiences of the author, the book offers an historical framework and personal context to understand the attributes and attitudes of the good physician.  It is a quick read that rewards the reader with a sampling of 4000 years of medical wisdom sprinkled with practical advice for the modern day doctor.

--Richard G. Roberts, MD, JD, Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, President World Organization of Family Doctors, Past President American Academy of Family Physicians


Art of Medicine Balanced Physician Clinical Practice Humanistic Patient Care Medical Education Medical Humanism Medical Sociology Modern Masters Private Practice Public Health practice of medicine

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Colgan
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  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-1033-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-1034-9
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