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Volume 3, Issue 1
Spring 2007:

From an Ample Nation

Brian T. Maurer

Cell 2 Soul. 2007 Spring; 3(1):a11

  1. Francis Peabody: The Care of the Patient (essay)
  2. This early 20th century physician touches on the essence of quality medical care — "The secret in caring for the patient is in caring for the patient."

  3. William Osler: Teacher and Student (essay)
  4. Those healthcare providers who want to practice good medicine quickly realize that they must commit to a lifetime of learning. A good mentor is no exception.

  5. Tolstoy, Leo: The Death of Ivan Ilich
  6. A poignant story narrating how the dying process effects not only the patient but those closest to him as well.

  7. A.J.Cronin: The Citadel
  8. A hopeful young doctor learns to cope with disillusionment wrought by unethical practice.

  9. Albert Camus: The Plague
  10. Against all odds the physician triumphs over an epidemic of disease and realizes his frailty in the process.

  11. Rachel Naomi Remen: Kitchen Table Wisdom
  12. Poignant tales in patient care to nuture your heart.

  13. Antoine Saint Exupéry: The Little Prince
  14. Saint Exupery's character yearns for friendship and discovers an essential truth in human relationships.

  15. Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning
  16. A look at the dark side of humanity, and subsequent triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.

  17. Henri Nouwen: The Return of the Prodigal Son
  18. A lesson on developing and practicing the essential skill of forgiveness from the heart.

  19. Henry D. Thoreau: "Where I Lived and What I Lived For" in Walden
  20. Thoreau's treatise on discovering what he calls "the marrow of life".

In late 2005, the editors of Cell 2 Soul and Dermanities launched a new section, "Why Read? — Personal Canons," which is a forum to catalog those works of art which instruct and enrich us as care givers and individuals. We invited some friends, colleagues and teachers to share those they deem canonical — books, poems, the occasional movie to which they keep returning.

The background for these selections is found in a recent editorial entitled: Why Read? An Emerging Canon.

We welcome your Personal Canon. Please click on Canon Guidelines. Kindly follow the format you see here.

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