The Healing Connection: A Partnership for Your Health

The Healing Connection: A Partnership for Your Health

The Healing Connection: A Partnership for Your Health
Published by Something or Other Publishing
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Something or Other Publishing LLC (July 31, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 360 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1954102151
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1954102156
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.06 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches

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Bruce Berger, PhD

5.0 out of 5 stars
Insightful and well researched book on both connections and what is wrong with health care
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2024

Dr. Drew Remignanti has written a compelling and well researched book on health care professional and patient relationships and the ills of today's health care system. Topics include biases in the health care system, the placebo effect (when it works and when it should not), loneliness and isolation's impact on health, the impact of connections on health, elements of what makes a healthy physician-patient partnership, the seriously harmful effects of a health care system that has transitioned to profits and production over people (health care professionals and patients).

What is most interesting about this book is that for each of the above topics, Dr. Remignanti provides his perspective as an emergency room physician, a patient who has been seriously ill himself, and as a researcher, presenting studies to support his contentions and observations in the book. I must admit, I have studied health psychology and health communication for most of my adult life and early on practiced pharmacy, and yet, Dr. Remignanti helped me to have a much deeper appreciation of the training, thought processes and convictions of physicians. Through his thorough descriptions of his own encounters with patients in the emergency room and the roadblocks he was presented with by the health care system, it is far more understandable how and why physician burnout and moral injury is occurring.

I highly recommend this book to better understand the importance of connections in health care and how the current system is undermining the ability to make them.

5 out of 5 stars on Barnes & Noble
December 27, 2023  Mwoodervin

Brilliant Book 

This is an exceptional book, a multi-faceted look at the medical care systems in the US that is both brilliant and accessible. Dr Remignanti draws on his own circumstances and his unusual breadth of research and curiosity to create an honest but compassionate analysis of what is wrong and (sometimes) right about our healthcare today. I found this book so accessible - with all the candid detail but none of the doomsday ranting; real stories of failures and success; real ideas about what we can all do (as doctors and patients) to improve our health as well as how healthcare is delivered and consumed. It’s a book I will read more than once; I’ve already given copies to friends and family. An important book on this subject!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great medical read!
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2023
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This book is an impressive work of art and masterful summary of Dr. Remignanti’s long medical career, his experiences on the other side of the stethoscope, and his concern for the future.
His writing style is really engaging and crystal clear.
What I enjoyed most were the explanations of the process of diagnosing, treating and communicating with patients. The ability to let patients know how we doctors think is quite challenging. Some “experts” think it is easy being a doctor which has given rise to the exponential growth of non-physician “providers” but your book clearly shows how difficult it can be (and also why AI will not always be successful). In my mind, this “insight” into what we doctors face every day is the most valuable contribution of the book – I live through it every day, yet I was riveted by his concise explanations!

5.0 out of 5 stars_Read This Book!  Doug Vaughn, Kona, Hawaii  
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2023.
Dr. Remignanti has written a terrific book that stays with you and will help guide your understanding and actions as you move through our complex modern world of healthcare. On finishing The Healing Connection my overall sense was of finally seeing a completed puzzle after having many of the pieces right in front of me for years without ever understanding how they fit together to form an image that clarifies the system we sometimes all feel lost in. Each chapter addresses a specific element of his engaging explanation from the dual perspective of having been both a physician and patient, and in doing so helps all who read his book clearly understand the role we each must play in guiding our own health outcomes, as well as the qualities to search for in a physician partner to guide us in this process. Dr. Remignanti’s thoughtful and invaluable guide is truly a gift to all who read it.

5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly optimistic and intellectually sound approach to challenges in our healthcare system Carl G. Hindy, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Exeter, NH 
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2023
Can a book give you disturbing details about our U.S. healthcare system AND give hope at the same time? Drew Remignanti's book is having that effect for me.

When I first picked-up the book, I could feel my stomach churning. I was expecting yet another angry polemic by a doctor who's upset that healthcare has changed and he's not getting the respect that he deserves. Yet another person upset that capitalism, which he loves when other businesses are driven into submission now applies to him or her. It turns out that it's not the case at all with this book. It's very different than I anticipated, pleasingly so.

Chapter by chapter, Dr. Remignanti tells of the foibles of medical diagnosis and care. He outlines all the different forces at play when -- as was the case for him working in the Emergency Department -- a new patient presents in urgent need of help. He systematically presents the biases at play, the problems of different sources of information, the wishes of the patients and the worries of the doctor. There are many many case examples. Interwoven are accounts of his own personal healthcare struggles and how they played-out.

He shares so many examples of his thought processes as a physician, when they go well and not so well, that I'm sure this book will capture the attention of physicians for whom it'll have them recounting and reflecting on examples from their own practices. For patients I think it will help us better understand our doctors and the importance of partnering with them.

And he meticulously explains what partnering means and how it helps your healthcare. How it helps the doctor through all the unknowns, and helps the patient come out with the best care.

But the bottom line, to which all this leads, is how all of us making these efforts with our own healthcare providers can lead to a collective force that can get our healthcare system back on-track. I find this optimistic because the efforts we make do serve our own immediate needs -- it's not tilting at windmills or protesting in anger that Corporations have taken-over medicine (though true) -- it's about a sensible way forward.
 5.0 out of 5 stars September 8, 2023 Carol on Goodreads
Drew Remignanti’s book, The Healing Connection, informed me, inspired me, moved me, intrigued me as I launched into discovery of the real workings of medicine and money that is our Health System -- all told from intimate experience of a physician and lifelong patient. I was taken on a journey of his stories as an ER physician for forty years. His accounts shocked me, amazed me, infuriated me! It made me laugh, it made me cry, it kept me riveted as his vision of the benefit of a closer physician-patient relationship unfolded and was scientifically documented over and over. But most of all, it gave me hope that, in the end, the descent into a kind of madness that is our material-driven world will be trumped by an ascent into a kinder, more equitable and compassionate world, driven by love -- of the Divine and of our precious humanity.

5.0 out of 5 stars An important book by a doctor we all wished we had! Ed Milliken, Newmarket, NH 
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2023.
Sometimes a book comes along whose message is so "right" that you wonder why it can't always be this way. In this engaging, timely and thought provoking book, Dr. Remignanti skillfully blends the personal with the professional and the anecdote with the research as he makes the compelling case for the critical importance of a strong patient- doctor relationship. Discussing critical topics such as "How Much Healthcare is Enough?, the importance of the physician's listening and empathy skills, concepts such as trust, belief, and truth, the author weaves insight and practical experience gained from more than 40 years in Emergency Medicine into an immensely readable book and leaves you measuring your own physician-patient relationship against what Dr. Remignanti practiced. If you find it lacking, give your doctor a copy of this book. You'll both be better off as a result.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars from publisher's website
Jeffrey Salloway, Ph.D. , Professor Emeritus, University of New Hampshire. – 
Leonardo, like great artists, drew lines. He drew lines to illustrate. When he filled the lines with color, he illuminated. Like the artist, Remignanti draws the lines to illustrate. He takes our eye to the data, the science. He offers the facts. He illustrates. Then he adds the rich colors of his experience as a physician, the stories of hurt and healing. There he illuminates. He crosses the lines of illustration, draws our minds into a new vision and then blends his own deep spiritual insight to create his masterwork. Remignanti makes the conversation personal. Rather than critiquing a health care system in distress, he guides the reader to place himself in the portrait. He tells us where we fit in the picture and how we may behave to make art of our own lives. This is a book that changes the way one lives.

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