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Harvey Max Chochinov Hybrid Book Launch

Thursday Apr 20 2023 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming via YouTube

Join Harvey Max Chochinov for the launch of Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Medicine (Oxford University Press).

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Harvey Max Chochinov, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Senior Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute, is widely considered one of the most influential and respected palliative care scholars and researchers in the world today. He has authored over three hundred publications, including several groundbreaking books in medicine. His achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being named an Officer in the Order of Canada and an inductee in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

His newest book, Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Medicine, explores why being a patient is such a difficult pill to swallow and what healthcare providers can do to allow patients to retain their humanity, pride, and feelings of personhood. His book contains a distillation of decades of clinical research, experience, and wisdom. It also introduces a method of patient interaction that combats the often cold and de-humanizing structure of institutionalized healthcare systems.

Experts in the fields of cancer, palliative care, nursing, and more were interviewed for this book, many of whom will be introduced and on-hand for the question-and-answer period, which will follow selected readings by Dr. Chochinov from his latest book.


Dignity in Care

- Harvey Max Chochinov

Hardcover $54.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $49.46

No one goes into healthcare with the intention of hurting people, or wanting to come off as callous, cold, or unfeeling. Fortunately, most people working in healthcare understand that kindness and compassion are key, even foundational to success in the care they provide to patients and families. And yet, all too often, there are instances when contact with healthcare is tainted by experiences ranging from vaguely annoying or abrasive to outright emotionally assaultive. Patients may confront experiences that chip away at their sense of pride and personhood; this can be as subtle as being kept waiting for an appointment, as insidious as being required to wear a plastic hospital bracelet that tracks them according to an institutional number or code, as jarring as being referred to as an aberrant body part - the proverbial "GI bleed in room two" or "breast tumor in room three." Dignity in Care aims to provide readers with what they need to know about the humanity of care and the tone of care; and how they can engage in these facets of care in a thoughtful and meaningful way that will satisfy their patients' needs to be seen and appreciated as "whole persons." The author will explore how the humanity of care can get overlooked and how to avoid this happening. It will teach how to communicate better with patients, helping them to feel not just cared for, but cared about. Sir William Osler said, "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease." Dignity in Care applies this outlook to all of healthcare, because many people can gain technical competency, but success within healthcare requires more.