Patient by Patient

Lessons in Love, Loss, Hope, and Healing from a Doctor's Practice

Emily R. Transue, M.D.

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Patient by Patient is the memoir of a young doctor, fresh from residency, as she explores the joys and frustrations of beginning her medical practice.  As she strives to help her patients face a range of challenges from the humorous to the profoundly devastating she learns that while medical school gave her an M.D., treating patients has made her a doctor. 

At the same time she is working with her patients she is also struggling with illness in her own family.  Through her shifting perspectives of doctor, daughter, and granddaughter, she contents with the process of dying, the experience of grief, and the buoyancy of the human spirit.

Dr. Transue began chronicling her experiences in her memoir of residency, On Call, and she continues her education here but the source of her knowledge about love, loss, hope and healing are not medical texts or professors but the patients she treats and gets to know – those she helps to wellness and those she must let go. 

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Patient By Patient
BEGINNINGS1. ANOTHER BEGINNINGAs I pressed my new parking sticker carefully onto my windshield, I paused to consider the enormity of what the small sliver of plastic represented. At the age of twenty-nine, with twenty-four continuous years of education under my belt, I was about to begin what could be called my first real job. My new business card burned in my pocket: "Emily R. Transue, MD, General Internal Medicine." I was starting practice as a primary care physician.With a laugh, I thought back to the day I'd decided to go to medical school.

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“Quiet, funny, and sad, the daily life of this fully alive physician becomes a model for the life of the fully alive self.  Doctors and patients seeking renewal, inspiration, laughter, and wisdom will find them all in this deftly written book. It is filled with hope and with courage and with joy.” -Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University

“An intimate portrait of the doctor-patient relationship. Emily Transue offers insightful and engaging reflections on the interplay of health and illness.” -Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of Incidental Findings, Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review


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Emily R. Transue, M.D.

Emily R. Transue, MD, author of On Call, is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Yale College and Dartmouth Medical School.  She did her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle.  She works as a general internist at a multispecialty group in Seattle, and is a clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.  She received the Providence-Seattle Medical Center Outstanding Educator of the Year award in 2003, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  She has also published stories and poems in JAMA, Dartmouth Medicine, and elsewhere.

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Patient by Patient
Lessons in Love, Loss, Hope, and Healing from a Doctor's Practice
Emily R. Transue, M.D.

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St. Martin's Press
April 2009
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ISBN: 9781429940917
ISBN10: 1429940913
272 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
April 2009
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ISBN: 9780312372798
ISBN10: 0312372795
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
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