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  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Health Care Delivery
  • Language:English
  • Pages:296
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098387136

Practicing from the Heart in the age of technology

by Reza Ghadimi

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Medicine has been around since life began on this planet. Humans have been practicing it since they could reason. With intelligence and intellect, the knowledge of healthcare became evermore available and the practice of it magical.
The very first western style medical school did not exist till the twelfth century. Long before that, the Chinese, Egyptians, Persians and countless others learned, educated, practiced, and researched medicine for thousands of years. The Academy of Gondy Shapur in ancient Persia, for example, was home to a teaching hospital, library and a center for medical education and research. It was established in the 3rd century and was the primary medical center in the 6th and 7th centuries of Persia and what was then Mesopotamia.
All through history, medical practitioners and healthcare providers served humanity, not for monetary gains or financial reasons, but for the pure life of service to their fellow men. For, to them it was an obligation, not a vocation. Even in the old American frontier many white travelers sought the help of Indian medicine men.
Since the privatization of healthcare however, much has changed to the detriment of patients and providers alike. Telehealth and telemedicine could further break up the integrity and sanctity of this structure. Or it could strengthen the cohesion of it.
The magic of medicine is still very much alive and present. Time to control and ensure its survival is now. In this book, Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology, I reveal the beauty and rewards of this magic. Come with me to see how and where you can be a part of it.


To all the healthcare providers and students of the art
    Listen to an old man who's been around
I've been there when mores fell apart
    And cared for the wounded when wars were fought
I've doctored the hurt and the ill in crowded towns
    And in jungles and mountain tops
I've delivered babies in a hut by candlelight
    And cared for them after, be they dark or white
I've watched people weather the pain of withdrawal
    Others die of hunger, poverty and denial
I've closed wounds with prayer and thread
    Even leeches and maggots to stop the spread
I learned, gained experience and taught
    All through my lifetime, I've said and shout
That we should practice our trade from the heart!
    And that's what this book is all about.

About the author

Reza Ghadimi is a visionary, freelance writer, and healthcare advocate for the rural and under-served areas of our country and the world. His book: Practicing from the Heart in the age of technology is an accumulation of many years of experience and has received great acclaim.
Mr. Ghadimi has practiced medicine in several countries on three continents. He is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. He has been active in the International and Interstate Telehealth of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Mr. Ghadimi has served on the NM Medical Board and many other boards of local and national healthcare organizations. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the NM Academy's "2003 Life Time Achievement Award." He has practiced in rural, as well as urban, health centers. In family practice, emergency medicine and orthopaedics and was a clinical instructor at UNM College of Medicine. He is retired from practice and is writing full time on healthcare and education issues.
About this book, Dr. Paul Roth (Chancellor of UNM Health Sciences Center) states that "In Practicing from the Heart, Reza has captured the true heart of our healing profession through vignettes that are poignant and deeply moving. Every student thinking of entering the health professions should read this book."