What is compassion, and what is its role in medicine? These are two questions Brian Goldman investigates in his most recent book, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life.
A practicing Emergency Room doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Brian was a health care reporter for The National on CBC. Since 2007 he has hosted the multi-award winning show White Coat, Black Art on CBC radio which investigates such thorny issues in health care as whistleblowing, practitioner burnout, and racism.
The heavy demands of the medical profession left Brian wondering if he was still the same caring doctor he had been at the beginning of his career. In The Power of Kindness, he profiles scientists and civilians who are helping map the landscape of compassion, and explores its role in medicine.
Brian’s books include the bestselling The Night Shift: Real Life in the ER, The Secret Language of Doctors, and (with Joel Lexchin), Doctors in Denial: Why Big Pharma and the Canadian Medical Profession Are Too Close For Comfort. His TEDtalk, “Doctors Make Mistakes. Can We Talk About That?” has been watched by almost a million viewers, featured in the Huffington Post and on NPR.
Appearing in: The Power of Kindness