Physician Prescribes a Life in Medicine; Marvin J. Stone, MD, MACP, FRCP writes book to inspire the next generation of doctors

DALLAS, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “Martin Stone is a classical triple-threat medical academic: accomplished in biomedical research, expert in his clinical field, and revered teacher. He has written a book of immense value.”
Jeremiah A. Barondess, MD, William T. Foley Distinguished Professor in Clinical Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College

“No other profession is like medicine. The future of medicine is exciting,” says Marvin J. Stone, MD, MACP, FRCP of Dallas, Texas, chief emeritus, hematology and oncology at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a professor of internal medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine and clinical professor of humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. Advances in medical science are developing in dizzying speed. Despite the myriad challenges facing students and new doctors, it is reassuring to note that the number of applicants for medical schools in the United States remains high.

With the release of his book “When to Act and When to Refrain: A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine” (Revised and Updated, 2020). Dr. Stone draws from a lifetime of practicing medicine with a passion to inspire and convey to anyone interested in a medical career the excitement and fascination intrinsic to becoming and serving as a physician. He invites students, young doctors, experienced physicians, and lay persons with interest in medical science and health care to an eye-opening look inside his journey through the last half-century in medicine: becoming a physician, acquiring intense training in patient care and research, and teaching at all levels.

A warm and engaging autobiography, Stone says, “Looking back over my career, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to teach, do research, and care for patients while continuing to learn the science and art of medicine. To see your students excel, to perform an experiment that yields new scientific knowledge, and especially to help some seriously ill patients recover so they can see their children and grandchildren grow up––what more could one ask?”

As we turn towards the future and our goals for 2050, he emphasizes the importance of maintaining core values. He says, “We must always bear in mind the three pillars of medicine: Competence, Caring, and Compassion. Further adding, “These core values in medicine and science are crucial to fulfilling our goals: to cure sometimes, to relieve often, and to comfort always.”

The late Jimmie Holland, Founding Chief of Psychiatry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center was right when she said “that the doctor-patient relationship will continue, although perhaps in an altered fashion.” What will not be altered is the need for physicians to relieve suffering and embrace healing, competence, empathy, and compassion. Dr. Stone concludes by appealing to time-honored ideas and principle and says, “Focusing on these pillars of our profession will help us decide ‘when to act and when to refrain’.”

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Marvin J. Stone received his MD with Honors from the University of