Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Medicine From The Heart by Bernard Leo Remakus, M.D. is a collection of essays that speaks about the human side of medicine. Each essay has a different story to tell readers and will get them thinking about an issue. The topics range from home health care, malpractice, faith, pro bono work, research, the Hippocratic Oath, and a day in the life of a rural doctor. The author’s experience in the field of medicine, the true stories, real life experiences, and the precarious state of health care in America today will make readers consider each story within the framework of their knowledge and experience which, in turn, will help them to formulate their own opinions and conclusions different from that of the author’s.
What I found interesting about this book is that it deals with both the medical angle and the human angle, which not only speaks about the fragile state of the world at large, but also shares the message of hope. They also reflect the kindness, compassion, and grace of Dr. Remakus. The essays are engaging and interesting and the humanness of Dr. Remakus is what makes him likeable to readers and helps them connect with his words. The messages in the essays are profound and thought-provoking. All the essays are relatable and they will make readers think, feel, care, and understand more about human emotions and the human spirit. The important events that have shaped the ongoing changes in the health care delivery system in America can be understood better after reading this book.