A Little Book of Doctors’ Rules is now out of print though still available on Amazon. These little rules attempt to capture the essence of medical practice at the bed side. Some are now outdated but nearly all contain some truth, especially for young physicians and nurses.
“There is nothing new in this book but there is nowhere you can get all this wisdom in one place that is still in print. This book has REALLY essential information for anyone who wants to be a "complete physician." This is not a book about how to read a blood gas or treat high blood pressure. It is a book of strategies, tips and observations on dealing with the people called patients and their families. It is in an easy to take format sans heavy analysis. The book will help you help people but it also helps me to remember that everybody has problems with patients and they can't always be solved.”
“I've been in the practice of medicine for nearly 30 years, and, over those years, have continued to love caring for, and about, patients. I don't know if my medical school was especially prescient, but many of the rules in the book were passed on to me as part of good medical practice, and I continue to hold to them as a practical ideal. In fact, I now give copies of the book to graduating medical students, nurse practitioners, and physician's assistants who train under me. They know that these "rules" govern my practice, and I emphasize to them the need to practice similarly as their careers proceed. Unfortunately, I know all too many colleagues who scoff at any suggestion that their practices might be improved by assimilating many of these ideals, not to mention improving the satisfaction level in their practice of medicine. These days, it all too often seems that people who go into medicine do so for all of the wrong reasons, predominantly surrounding greed and the pursuit of the almighty buck, and their satisfaction levels plummet. I wish I could get through to these people, to tell them that there is a better way, but, by that point, they won't hear of it. They're too busy making all the money they can, and don't realize that gold doesn't buy happiness. My advice: to doctors, buy it now, and read it before you become disillusioned and jaded; for those who have friends or loved ones entering the medical field, buy the book and give it to them. It just might make them better doctors, and better people. ”