Healing Children Book Report

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Healing Children: A surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine (Newman 2017) is an inspiring novel written by a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Kurt Newman. Dr. Newman shares stories about brave children whom he has helped overcome the struggles they have had to face at such young ages. He highlights the importance of pediatric care and how teamwork is the secret recipe for how children will get better. Each story Dr. Newman tells has a different meaning and lesson that he learned throughout his work as a pediatric surgeon.
In Healing Children: A surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine (Newman 2017), Dr. Newman is not embarrassed or hide any of the mistakes he has made throughout his careers. In fact, he reflects and learns from all of his mishaps and tries to better himself as a surgeon and a person for the future.
A common theme of Healing Children (2017) that Dr. Newman mentions is how important a mentor can be. Dr. Newman had multiple mentors throughout his work as a pediatric surgeon. One of whom was Dr.
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Judah Folkman, who was the distinguished chief of surgery at Boston Children’s. From Dr. Folkman, Dr. Newman learned to deal with loss and with the guilt that follows. As a pediatric surgeon dealing with children who have very severe illness’s it is not a shock that not every patient is going to make it. That can be very hard for doctors and it is such an important lesson to learn to deal with that loss and understand it sometimes is not in their control. Dr. Newman first dealt with a patient’s death when he was dealing with a patient who had cystic fibrosis. Dr. Newman performed a surgery that he couldn’t help but think was the reason for the child’s death. Dr. Folkman taught him that to become the best possible surgeon that Dr. Newman could be, he had to learn to let go of those losses and not carry around that guilt so he could be one hundred percent for his next patients and help future

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