SOURCE: Author, Dr. Bob Carey

February 10, 2010 12:39 ET

Patients Can Teach Doctors About Life and Death, Says New Book by Dr. Bob Carey

ARLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 10, 2010) - It's not often that doctors take the time to write a book detailing the immense strength and compassion they have poured into the lives of their patients over the years. But Dr. Bob Carey, 80, a cardiologist from Arlington, Massachusetts, is the exception. His new book, "Patients Teach a Doctor About Life and Death: Tales From Fifty-Six Years of Practicing," uses personal anecdotes to reflect on 56 years of work in the medical field, both in the US and abroad.

Dr. Carey wanted to write the book so that he could share with others knowledge about life that he learned from his many patients over the years. "The book began five years ago for my grandchildren," Dr. Carey explains. "I wanted to share my patients' kindness and courage with my grandchildren and was writing for them."

"Patients Teach a Doctor About Life and Death" is written with great sensitivity to Dr. Carey's patients' pasts and at the same time providing readers with a detailed portrayal of the evolution of the medical field from the 1950s until the present. The book's absorbing tales include:

-- Experiences at BU Medical School in the 1950s and military service in
-- Residency and private practice
-- Pro bono work in China, Bolivia and Ecuador

The book portrays relationships between doctors and patients from a medical standpoint as well as how curiosity and compassion can impact medical outcomes. Book profits support a foundation founded by the author providing scholarships for medical students volunteering to work in undeveloped countries.

Born in Arlington, Massachusetts and a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Medicine, Bob Carey spent many years at Symmes Hospital (Arlington) and as part of a medical practice in Arlington. In 1970 he founded a group practice, Internist Inc., which later merged with Lahey Clinic. He has taught at Boston University and Harvard Medical Schools. Since 1978 he has volunteered with medical services in Bolivia and Ecuador. He is married to his high school sweetheart Mary O'Neill. They have five children and 12 grandchildren.

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