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Healing: The Joy of Medicine (And Sorrow Too)


In "Healing: The Joy of Medicine (And Sorrow Too)," John Woods, M.D., Ph.D., recounts actual experiences with patients in a wide variety of areas and circumstances — the streets of Beijing, inner city hospitals, medicine and surgery in the jungles, and training and practice in several areas of surgery at prominent academic medical institutions. It deals with the courageous, the cowardly, the poignant and humorous, the fascinating and challenging, and the very young and the very old.

The author's perspective is clearly that patients are the very center of medicine and that they are due profound respect and gentleness in treatment. As fellow human beings, each patient deserves the very best that a caregiver may provide. The author's personal experience is that the practice of medicine and surgery offers a rarely paralleled opportunity to experience joy (and sadness) in the human realm.

About the author

The son of missionary parents, Dr. Woods grew up in Beijing, attended an American school and learned to speak fluent Mandarin. After medical school and an internship, he spent two years at a mission hospital in the jungles of Ecuador. After extensive training in general, plastic and transplant surgery at Mayo Clinic and Brigham and Women's Hospital, he became a professor of both surgery and plastic surgery and a coordinator of transplantation at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Woods has served in numerous short-term missions all over the world.

More information

For more information, contact Dr. Woods by email.

  • Oct 26, 2011
  • ART027984