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

eBook - 2017
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An absorbing and touching read, this collection of true stories is the first book by a Canadian doctor on the topic of refugee health.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 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 while navigating poverty, language barriers, and neighbours who aren't always friendly.This riveting collection of true stories from Dr. Martina Scholtens is filled with hope and humour, and together make up 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, the faith she was raised with, and vicarious trauma after hearing countless stories of brutality and suffering.In the spirit of Louise Aronson and Atul Gawande, Scholtens' writing is based on her personal experiences and explores the transformative moments in which a clinical doctor-patient relationship becomes a profound human-human connection.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781927366691
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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