It is surprising that I ever got around to writing because I hated writing themes as a child. Having something on one’s mind to say makes all the difference. And I was surprised about how much detail I remembered from long past lessons and events, until I realized that I have been talking to patients about almost all of the following through the years, hopefully at appropriate times. A result of teaching is learning the material exceptionally well, a lost benefit of the one room school where the older children helped to teach the younger ones. Ordinarily I didn’t drop several of these ideas on a patient in one sitting. Perhaps my readers will read these articles one at a time with time to think about it. Thinking might be enhanced with a group of at least two with some discussion. After all, these ideas originated by give and take in this fashion. Interested relatives or near relatives, some of them near Mrs. (misses) have participated in many of my consultations through the years almost always enhancing the discussion.
After you have browsed through the table of contents for articles that interest you, please let me help introduce you to some of the topics whose titles are too clever for clarity:
In the absence of cross referencing the following may be helpful:
If this book has a theme, it is expert patients. By expert patients, I mean people with chronic diseases whose knowledge of their diseases permits them to participate actively in their care. You might look at their situation as if they are their own doctors and their physician is a consultant physician. A more complete explanation of the concept, Expert Patients, follows this Preface.
I want to acknowledge extensive help in preparing manuscripts from Heidi Kramar, Chris Kuester, Melissa Arensdorff, and editing from Elaine Bethke, Ellen Swan, Marilyn Holm, Steve Busalacci, Tom Flynn, and numerous colleagues who read rough drafts and made suggestions. My wife Mary and daughters qualify for warm acknowledgements in both categories and for writing several of the articles. Finally, please accept my apologies for minor duplications.
The information on this website is correct to the best of my knowledge. If you are using the information for a decision with irreversible consequences, seek corroboration from other reliable sources, for example: your personal physician for health decisions.
John A. Frantz, M.D.
December 14, 2002