- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (April 24 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443451061
- ISBN-13: 978-1443451062
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 939 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life Hardcover – Apr 24 2018
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From the Back Cover
BRIAN GOLDMAN TRAVELS THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF EMPATHY AND FINDS IT IN THE MOST SURPRISING OF PLACES.
As a veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Brian Goldman has had a successful career setting broken bones, curing pneumonia, and otherwise pulling people back from the brink. He always believed that caring came naturally to physicians. But time, stress, errors, and heavy expectations left him wondering if he might not be the same caring doctor he thought he was at the beginning of his career. He wondered what kindness truly looks like—in himself and in others.
In The Power of Kindness, Goldman leaves the comfortable, familiar surroundings of the hospital in search of his own lost compassion. A top neuroscientist performs an MRI scan of his brain to see if he is hard-wired for empathy. A researcher at Western University in Ontario tests his personality and makes a startling discovery. Goldman then circles the planet in search of the most empathic people alive, to hear their stories and learn their secrets. He visits a boulevard in São Paulo, Brazil, where he meets a woman who calls a homeless poet her soulmate and reunited him with his family; a research lab in Kyoto, Japan, where he encounters a lifelike, empathetic android; and a nursing home in rural Pennsylvania, where he meets a therapist who has an uncanny knack for knowing what’s inside the hearts and minds of people with dementia, as well as her protege, a woman who talked a gun-wielding robber into walking away from his crime.
Powerful and engaging, The Power of Kindness takes us far from the theatre of medicine and into the world at large, investigating why kindness is so vital to our existence.
About the Author
For more than thirty years, Dr. Brian Goldman has been an active participant in and keen observer of the culture of modern medicine. Since 2007, he has hosted White Coat, Black Art, a multi-award-winning show on CBC Radio that reveals what goes on behind a hospital’s sliding doors. Goldman is the author of the bestselling The Night Shift and The Secret Language of Doctors. He lives in Toronto with his family.
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well done, and thanks for reminding me of what I knew 40 years ago when I started Nursing