Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist
A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic
by Martina Scholtens, MD
Narrated by Ada Balon
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Pub Date 30 May 2022 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2022
Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist draws readers into the complicated, poignant, and often-overlooked daily happenings of a busy urban medical clinic for refugees.
An Iraqi journalist whose son has been been murdered develops post-traumatic stress disorder and mourns his loss of vocation. A Congolese woman refuses antiretroviral treatment for her new HIV diagnosis, and instead places her trust in Jesus. Two conservative Muslim Iraqi women are inadvertently exposed to pornography when a doctor uses Google Images to supplement a medical discussion. By turns humorous, distressing, and moving, these stories offer insight into the people seeking a new life while navigating poverty, language barriers, and neighbours who aren’t always friendly.
This riveting collection of true stories from Dr. Martina Scholtens is filled with hope and humour, and together make up a deeply moving portrait of how one doctor attempts to provide quality care and advocacy for patients while remaining culturally sensitive, even as she wrestles with guilt, awareness of her own privilege, the faith she was raised with, and vicarious trauma after hearing countless stories of brutality and suffering.
In the spirit of Louise Aronson and Atul Gawande, Scholtens’ writing is based on her personal experiences and explores the transformative moments in which a clinical doctor-patient relationship becomes a profound human-human connection.
|DURATION||5 Hours, 39 Minutes|
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What a gem of a book. Dr. Marina Scholtens works in a refugee clinic in Vancouver. She sees new Canadians from all over the world and walks us through the process of working with each refugee via a translator to identify any health issues. The anecdotes are truly riveting and the examples of how best to overcome cultural boundaries in a respectful and caring way. This book is a truly an exploration of how to be human and how to show compassion, juggle your own personal life and stay cognizant of your own privilege.
If you are interested in other cultures, the strength and resilience of refugees and immigrants or just are interested in the daily life of a thoughtful, reflective and kind doctor this is a fabulous book for you!
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