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Becoming a Doctors' Doctor: A Memoir

"With this rich and rewarding memoir, Myers assures his place alongside Selzer, Sacks, Verghese, and the rare breed of healer who can work true magic both inside a hospital and on the printed page." Jacob M. Appel, MD, Assistant Professor Psychiatry. Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. New York, NY. Bioethicist and Author of Who Says You're Dead?

 

"The memoir by Michael Myers, 'Becoming a Doctors' Doctor,' is simply beautiful. His personal story - of 'otherness,' understanding, self-compassion, and courage - will inspire and move all who read this book, and it is told with humility and sincerity." Laura Roberts, MD, MA, DLFAPA, FACLP Chair, Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine.

 

"In an era of everchanging healthcare paradigms, physician wellbeing is paramount. Dr. Myers shares a thoughtful memoir and lessons learnt through personal reflection, resilience and pure perseverance to serve those who serve others." Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, FRCSC. Chief Executive Officer. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

 

"In a humbling and humane account of one psychiatrist's journey through life looking after doctors and medical students who develop mental illnesses, this book illustrates what clinical psychiatry is about…. and what can be achieved with intellectual curiosity." Dinesh Bhugra, MBBS, PhD, MPhil, MSc, MA. Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. Past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the World Psychiatric Association.

 

"Becoming a Doctors' Doctor reminds us of the importance of témoignage – the French word meaning to bear witness. As psychiatry residents looking to continue the work that Prof Myers started, we must bear witness to the suffering of our colleagues and speak out against structural barriers to physician health. Doctors all over the world can read this book and know they are not alone." Malcolm Forbes, MBBS, Clinical Senior Fellow, Department of Psychiatry University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

 

"Every medical student, resident and physician can learn from this memoir – the clinical acumen and, what's truly poignant, the humanness of a remarkable doctors' doctor."  Wei-Yi Song, MD, FRCPC. Clinical Professor, Faculty of medicine, University of British Columbia and past president Canadian Psychiatric Association.

 

"Dr. Michael Myers has spent his professional life devoted to his fellow physicians. He has comforted them when they break down in tears. He has stood by them when they face adversity. He has confronted them when they are thinking about suicide but hiding their plan from their peers. …This memoir… is a 'must read'!" Glen O. Gabbard, MD Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine.

 

"This book is a gem. Through the eyes of a physician, whose professional and personal life has straddled medicine and psychiatry, we learn so much about the culture of medicine and the minds of doctors. A wonderful read and accessible to all." Dr Clare Gerada, MBE FRCP FRCGP FRCPsych, Director, Practitioner Health Programme Hurley Group, London.

 

"Becoming a Doctors' Doctor will prove eye-opening not just to physicians, but to those outside the medical community who may not be privy to details about changing resources or special challenges facing the medical community's mental health." D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.