The medical memoir, Breathless—The Role of Compassion in Critical Care, is now available through retailers. The author, Ronald Kotler, MD, draws from four decades of experience shares compelling stories of patients who were near death or who were facing the end-of-life. He takes readers behind the scenes as he describes the importance of compassion in the care for these patients. Dr. Kotler’s inspiring stories also salutes doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who make up the American healthcare system. His final chapter on “Self-Compassion” for healthcare professionals is particularly timely.
Dr. Kotler is a pulmonary/critical care medicine specialist at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He has been a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught pulmonary pathophysiology.