The Eyes Don't See What the Mind Don't Know: What Patients Can Teach Doctors About Medicine

The Eyes Don't See What the Mind Don't Know: What Patients Can Teach Doctors About Medicine

by Mike Litrel, MD

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As a boy dreaming of becoming a doctor, Mike Litrel imagined that practicing medicine would be like living inside an action movie, always knowing how to help someone, doing it, and feeling like a hero. Instead, he discovered that his role as doctor was more supporting actor than main character. It is God who is the true Physician, the source of all healing.
The proof was revealed to him every day in the patient rooms, hallways, emergency, and operating rooms at the hospital where he did his obstetrics and gynecology training--Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, the last refuge of that city's sickest and poorest residents.
When a homeless cocaine addict who had been brutally gang-raped turned out to be pregnant, he gave her a photo of the ultrasound showing the tiny fetus growing in her womb. She looked at it with dead eyes, and dropped it to the floor.
A year later, he found her back in the hospital, glowing with good health, a robust newborn in her arms. She was drug free, earning her GED. How did this miracle happen? She pulled from her wallet the tattered ultrasound. ""This saved my life,"" she said. ""When I looked at this, I just knew that no matter what I done, God loved me.""
Borrowing a medical expression to explain the unexplained--""the eyes don't see what the mind don't know""--Dr. Litrel tells the dramatic, funny, poignant, and always inspirational stories that prove beyond all doubt that the best medicine in the world is human kindness and faith in God.
For over a decade Dr. Litrel has been a popular writer and national speaker on topics of women's health, relationships, faith and family. As a Christian and a student of world religions, Dr. Litrel brings a balanced perspective to both the art fo practicing medicine and to his popular writings. His award-winning columns appear in numerous publications.
The Eyes Don't See offers stories that will make you laugh, cry, and understand that miracles do happen, every day.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016192420
Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing
Publication date: 09/08/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 233 KB

About the Author

MIKE LITREL, M.D., practices obstetrics and gynecological surgery in the suburbs of north Atlanta. He received his medical degree and postgraduate training from Emory University (Atlanta). His medical training was marked by academic honors, including induction into the National Medical Honor Society. In 1997 he was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory and helps train residents and medical students at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Litrel's award-winning essays have been widely published. He lives with his wife, Ann, and their two sons in Woodstock, Georgia.

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