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Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity

Now available in paperback!


Attending is the first book about mindfulness and medical practice written for patients, their families, and for doctors and others providing health care. It is a groundbreaking, intimate exploration of how doctors approach their work with patients. From his early days as a Harvard Medical School student, Ronald Epstein saw what makes good doctors great, how they deliver more accurate diagnoses, make fewer errors, and build stronger connections with their patients. This set the stage for his life's work — identifying the qualities and habits that distinguish master clinicians from those who are merely competent. The secret he learned... was mindfulness.

Drawing on his clinical experiences and current research, Epstein explores four foundations of mindfulness—Attention, Curiosity, Beginner’s Mind, and Being Present—and shows how clinicians can grow their capacity to provide high-quality care.Hardcover

In today's commodified health care system, with physician burnout at an all-time high, Epstein offers a model for doctors, patients, and their families on how to approach medical decisions mindfully and collaborate to achieve the best level of care for everyone.

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