Table 1

Resources on Healing and Professional Development—Some Personal Favorites

Journal articles
Brody H. The family physician: what sort of person? Fam Med. 1998;30(8):589–593
Egnew TR. The meaning of healing: transcending suffering. Ann Fam Med. 2005;3(3):255–262
Loxterkamp D. A vow of connectedness: views from the road to Beaver’s farm. Fam Med. 2001;33(4):244–247
Miller WL. Routine ceremony or drama: An exploratory field study of the primary care clinical encounter. J Fam Pract. 1992;34(3):289–296
Scott JG, Cohen D, Dicicco-Bloom B, Miller WL, Stange KC, Crabtree BF. Understanding healing relationships in primary care. Ann Fam Med. 2008 6(4):315–322
Scholarly and literary books
Cassell EJ. The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2004
Kleinman A. The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition. New York, NY: Basic Books; 1988
Nepo M. Surviving Has Made Me Crazy. Fort Lee, NJ: CavanKerry Press, 2007
Remen RN. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal. New York, NY: Riverhead Books; 1996
Williams WC. The Doctor Stories. New York, NY: New Directions Publishing Corporation; 1984
Contemporary films
Demme J. Philadelphia. Culver City, CA: TriStar Pictures; 1993
Haines R. The Doctor. Burbank, CA: Touchstone Pictures; 1991
Lynch D. The Elephant Man. Hollywood, CA: Paramount Pictures; 1980
Nichols M. Wit. Los Angeles, CA: HBO Films/Avenue Pictures Productions; 2001
Salles W. Diarios de Motocicleta [The Motorcycle Diaries]. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Argentina-USA-Chile-Perú; Filmfour/South Fork Pictures/Tu Vas Voir Production; 2004
  • Note: These articles reflect my development as a family physician. Residents and physicians from other specialties may find guidance in developing their own ethos of healing from authors in their respective disciplines.