Your Heart Is the Size of your Fist

Your Heart Is the Size of your Fist

A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at A Refugee Clinic

Book - 2017
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"Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist draws readers into the complicated, poignant, and often-overlooked daily happenings of a busy urban medical clinic for refugees. An Iraqi journalist whose son has been murdered develops post-traumatic stress disorder and mourns his loss of vocation. A Congolese woman refuses antiretroviral treatment for her new HIV diagnosis, and instead places her trust in Jesus. Two conservative Muslim Iraqi women are inadvertently exposed to pornography when a doctor uses Google Images to supplement a medical discussion. By turns humorous, distressing, and moving, these stories offer insight into the people seeking a new life in Canada while navigating poverty, language barriers, and Canadian neighbours who aren't always friendly. This collection is filled with hope and humour, and is a deeply moving portrait of how one doctor attempts to provide quality care and advocacy for patients while remaining culturally sensitive, even as she wrestles with guilt, awareness of her own privilege, and vicarious trauma. In the spirit of Louise Aronson and Atul Gawande, Scholtens' writing explores the transformative moments in which a clinical doctor-patient relationship becomes a profound human-human connection. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Victoria, British Columbia : Brindle & Glass, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781927366684
Branch Call Number: 362.1086 SCH 2017
Characteristics: viii, 215 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 17, 2018

The author-medical doctor discovers that she gains as much from her immigrant and refugee patients as they receive in sympathetic and investigative health and life-skills care. This memoir is written as much to inform other social service workers as for the general reader; and to advocate for better and expanded services for immigrants and refugees - especially mental health care.

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