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Dr. David Hilfiker graduated from Yale College and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He practiced medicine as a Board Certified Family Practitioner in a small town in rural Minnesota from 1975 to 1982, and now works in Washington, D.C., where he is medical director of Community of Hope Health Services and St. Joseph's House, a shelter for homeless men with AIDS.
As a family practitioner in rural Minnesota, Dr. Hilfiker experienced professional burnout. He now works in two small clinics in Washington, D.C., and has written this account of the events. Rarely does the lay public get this view of the medical profession. Hilfiker details the frustration, stress, and fear of failure inherent in the practice of medicine and the fact that medical schools overlook the emotional and human side of the physician during training. He explores why misunderstandings occur between doctor and patient and makes suggestions for what might be done to improve the relationship. Hilfiker has succeeded admirably in writing a book that will reach ``people on both sides of the medical experience.'' Highly recommended. Linda Morgan Davis, Physicians Insurance Co. of Ohio (PICO) Lib., Columbus