Medicine From The Heart

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
209 Pages
Reviewed on 08/10/2017
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Author Biography

Bernard Leo Remakus, M.D. is a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He received his B.S. degree from King's College, M.Ed. degree from East Stroudsburg State College, and M.D. degree from the Temple University School of Medicine. He completed a three-year residency in Internal Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital, which led to his certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Remakus has practiced internal medicine in a rural, physician-shortage area of Northeastern Pennsylvania for 42 years. During that time, he has published five novels - The Paraclete, Keystone, Cassidy's Solution, Mia, and The Lame Duck; three works of non-fiction - The Malpractice Epidemic: A Layman's Guide To Medical Malpractice, Medicine From The Heart, and Medicine Between The Lines; one screenplay, Mia; and one book of poetry - Superstar. His medical thriller, The Lame Duck won a bronze medal in the 2019 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.

Dr. Remakus has also published more than 200 articles in medical journals. From 1991 to 2002, he was the featured columnist and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the medical publication, Internal Medicine World Report. His column in that publication had the distinction of being one of the most widely read and longest running physician-written columns in America.

    Book Review

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.