A Dermatologist Looks at His Profession and His Patients
Under My Skin presents a practicing dermatologist’s sensitive and humorous reflections on medical practice, health care, bureaucrats, and the very different ways doctors and their patients look at health and disease.
Besides being informative, author (and dermatologist) Dr. Alan Rockoff offers in Under My Skin a witty take on skin medicine, a field some people think is as superficial as the organ it works with. Rockoff begs to differ, and sets a delightful tone to describe both the gratifying and annoying moments that come with daily practice.
Rockoff also tells tales both droll and touching of people who have shared with him not just their skin problems but their personal lives, quiet hopes, and deepest fears.
With 30 years of medical practice under his belt, Rockoff combines wit, candor, and empathy to present a unique perspective on the ins and outs of dermatology and the patients who make practicing it worthwhile.
Whether you’ve been a health professional or ever consulted one – or if you’ve worked in most any profession – you will relate to Rockoff’s tales of workplace joys and follies. From embarrassing doctor’s office situations to tips on using an assortment of medications, this highly enjoyable read is bound to get under any reader’s skin.
The essays are written in a style that is laid-back at times, racy at others, but extremely witty all the way. He looks at his patients with sympathy, at his colleagues with respect and at his profession with a lot of candor. His deep insight into the world of dermatology is reflected in almost all the pages of the book, yet he avoids the trap of sermonizing to his readers.
Overall, the book is a must-read not only for all dermatologists, young and old, but also for laymen who may be surprised at the detailed, analytical and sympathetic manner in which a dermatologist beholds them. — A. Coondoo, M.D., Calcutta, India