Delivering Doctor Amelia by Dan Shapiro
The Story of a Gifted Young Obstetrician's Mistake and the Psychologist Who Helped Her

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“Voices are a soul’s signature,” says psychologist Dan Shapiro, who in his daily practice hears plenty of them. For all his expertise, he admits he’s still terrified that “someone will keep something from me, and when they tell me the truth, I’ll be useless.”

Treating other physicians has become one of Shapiro’s specialties. When the obstetrician Amelia Sorvino seeks his help—distraught that her own medical error could have injured a patient’s baby— Shapiro finds his talents as counselor and healer pushed to their limits. Session by session, he works to discover the sources of Amelia’s anguish--for his own sake as much as hers: he’s familiar with the burden of a doctor’s guilt, and he has seen how loss and trauma, if unchecked, can echo from generation to generation in a family. In this probing, intensely personal memoir, the words “Physician, heal thyself” assume a fresh and moving urgency.

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About Dan Shapiro

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DAN SHAPIRO is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Arizona and the author of Mom’s Marijuana. An expert on physician self-care and physician-patient relationships, he has been featured in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and on He lives in Tucson.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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Here, his patient is an obstetrician who has given up delivering babies because of her anguish over a medical mistake: she feels that her delay in performing a Caesarian caused a baby to develop cerebral palsy.

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An assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Arizona who has written about his life-threatening bout with cancer (Mom's Marijuana), Shapiro specializes in treating physicians.

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