|Spring 2004||Vol. XIX, No. 2|
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CIRCUIT: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. Francisco
Jimenez, author. Boston: Houghton MIfflin Company, 1999.
2004 commencement speaker, Dr. Francisco Jimenez, is the author of this
fictionalized autobiographical account of the life of a family of Mexican-American
migrant farm workers. Told with realism and drama, their odyssey is related
through the eyes of a young boy, as his family lives an itinerant life,
moving constantly from one picking field to another in California.
THE DOCTOR'S PLAGUE: Germs, Childbed fever, and the Strange story of Ignac Semmelweis. Sherwin B. Nuland, author. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. WQ 11.1 N855 2003
riveting story of the life work and downfall of a nineteenth-century Hungarian
obstetrician who suggested that doctors themselves spread childbed fever
from patient to patient by neglecting to wash their hands before examing
new patients. As this theory ran counter to existing professional practices,
he was ridiculed by the medical establishment, and it would decades more
before Pasteur, Lister, and Koch would determine conclusively the germ
theory of disease.
CANCER, CULTURE, AND COMMUNICATION. Rhonda J. Moore and David Spiegel, editors. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004. QZ 200 C216d 2004
effectively with patients and their families is known to be linked to
patient satisfaction, reduced psychological morbidity, enhanced health,
and reduced clinician burn-out. These topics, as well as oncology care,
quality of life issues, supportive survivorship, and cultural differences
in health care, are discussed. Intended for physicians, nurses, students,
and hospice/palliative/public health professionals, this book offers ways
of improving communication between cancer patient and clinicians.
EVIDENCE. Henry C. Lee, Frank Tirnady, authors. Cambridge, MA
: Perseus Publishing, 2003. W 750 L476b 2003.
CARING FOR PATIENTS FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES. 3rd ed. Geri-Ann Galanti, author. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. WA 300 E86 2004.
Cross-cultural misunderstandings, occurring between patients and health care providers, can result in inadequate medical care. The goal of this book is to have nurses and physicians achieve cultural sensitivity and competence through a 3 step process: First is an awareness of one's own culture and biases. Second is an understanding of other cultures, values, and beliefs. Finally comes the application of that knowledge in a health care setting.
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