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White Coat Wisdom
Extraordinary Doctors Talk about What They Do, How They Got There and Why Medicine Is So Much More Than a Job
Second Edition
Stephen J. Busalacchi

This title is no longer distributed by the University of Wisconsin Press.

"White Coat Wisdom is a compelling, enlightening, and skillful work of oral history. An absolutely fascinating book. Studs Terkel would be proud!"
—Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps

•Finalist, Health, USA Best Books 2011 Award

They’re smart. They’re passionate. They’re doctors. White Coat Wisdom is an unprecedented look at the medical profession, through the eyes of extraordinary physicians who talk about what they do, how they got there, and why medicine is so much more than a job.

You will discover:
• inside knowledge about disease prevention
• the secrets of total career satisfaction
• the ability to achieve success, no matter how daunting the challenge
• why service to others transforms work into a calling.

White Coat Wisdom
reveals how physicians from various specialties and locations developed their resolve, found their medical passion, and learned—and continue to learn—on their journey. Real doctors, real stories.

"White Coat Wisdom is fascinating reading for physicians and laymen alike, a rare view of medicine and the medical calling from the inside. As a historian of the progress and pitfalls of health care in our time, I found it a mine of revealing information."—Michael Bliss, winner of the Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine, professor emeritus, University of Toronto

"Medicine and health care have been undergoing exponential changes that affect patients, providers, and those who finance this immense undertaking. White Coat Wisdom is an easy read that offers insights to the many influences on care from those within the profession."
—Nancy W. Dickey, MD, president of Texas A&M Health Science Center and past president of the American Medical Association

Stephen J. Busalacchi is a veteran medical journalist whose work has appeared on National Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. He has won more than two dozen journalism awards, including honors from the Wisconsin Medical Society, where he directed public relations for almost a decade.

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The cover of White Coat Wisdom is black, with an inset photo of a stethoscope.

May 2011
LC: 2010915572
482 pp.   6 x 9   48 b/w illus.

"Well-written and concise."
—Mayo Clinic Proceedings

• There is also a video trailer about this book on youtube.

• Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing





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