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Book and Media Reviews
April 6, 2011

After the Diagnosis: Transcending Chronic Illness

JAMA. 2011;305(13):1356-1359. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.392

As 1 of an estimated 90 million Americans living with chronic illness, Julian Seifter brings uncommon wisdom to the patient-physician relationship. This insight comes well packaged in After the Diagnosis: Transcending Chronic Illness, a book Seifter cowrote with his wife, Betsy. Seifter shares understanding and awareness gleaned from his years of clinical care as well as his own health issues. By selecting poignant patient narratives paired with his own personal experience of diabetes, Seifter creates a practical road map for patients, families, and physicians caring for individuals with chronic illness. Throughout, Seifter carefully examines the myriad ways individuals adapt to illness, while simultaneously celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.

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