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Closing the Chart: A Dying Physician Examines Family, Faith, and Medicine


Steven Hsi M.D.

Dr. Steven D. Hsi, a family physician and father of two young sons, was diagnosed in 1995 with a rare coronary disease that caused his death five years later at the age of forty-four. Throughout his ordeals as a patient, including three open-heart surgeries, Dr. Hsi's outlook on the teaching and practice of medicine changed. In 1997 he began a journal intended for publication after his death. Written with the assistance of newspaper columnist Jim Belshaw and completed posthumously by Hsi's widow, Beth Corbin-Hsi, Dr. Hsi's writings urge his colleagues to become healers, to look at their patients as human beings with spiritual as well as physical lives.

"Every patient should read it, if only to be made aware that they are not alone with their thoughts. Every spouse of a patient should read it. . . . Every medical student and physician should read it to learn that the biology of the disease is really just a small part of the illness." - John Saiki, M.D., Medical Oncology, University of New Mexico

"Dr. Steven Hsi asks his fellow doctors to be more than physicians. He asks them to be healers. He says that when he thinks of healers, he sees traditional medicine men, people who are integral parts of their communities. They are in touch physically and spiritually with the people they serve." - Tony Hillerman

" Closing the Chart is built on the personal journals and experiences of Steven D. Hsi, M.D., as he travels on an intense 5-year journey from an assumption of health, professional success, and family stability to his progressive illness and eventual death. . . . Closing the Chart is both an engaging, page-turning read and a story told with so little artifice that you cannot close the cover unchanged." - Kenneth Jacobson, executive director, American Holistic Medical Association, Explore


;"There are lessons on every page, lessons to make us better caregivers, more discerning patients, and better advocates for family members and friends who are sick. . . . Every reader will take away different lessons from this book based on his or her role, age, and experience. This would be an ideal book for group study by medical and nursing students with some senior physicians, patients, and family members. What a great learning experience for all participants! . . . I exhort you to pick up and read this humble story. Nothing I have encountered in the medical narrative genre has been more worthy of
my time."" -David J. Elpern, M.D, Psychiatric Services


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Jim Belshaw is a columnist with the Albuquerque Journal.

Beth Corbin-Hsi continues to operate the Albuquerque family medical clinic she and her husband founded in 1988.

ACCLAIM

"Although the illness that allowed Steven Hsi to open the window to his soul ended in a tragic loss, we are all the more fortunate that he chose to gift us with a deep and lasting look inside."

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Crosswinds Weekly, Albuquerque



" Closing the Chart is an unusual book--in equal parts fascinating and poignant. . . . This book is compelling memoir and more. It would be useful reading for doctors and patients alike."

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New Mexico Magazine



"Dr. Steven Hsi asks his fellow doctors to be more than physicians. He asks them to be healers. He says that when he thinks of healers, he sees traditional medicine men, people who are integral parts of their communities. They are in touch physically and spiritually with the people they serve."

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Tony Hillerman



"Every patient should read it, if only to be made aware that they are not alone with their thoughts. Every spouse of a patient should read it. . . . Every medical student and physician should read it and learn that the biology of the disease is really just a small part of the illness."

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John Saiki, M.D., Medical Oncology, University of New Mexico



"This is a profoundly moving story. Heartbreakingly candid. And arresting with truths."

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KUNM-FM



"If all this book accomplished was to sensitize doctors-in-training and awaken them to a more compassionate way to practice their medical arts, that would be commendable. . . . The genuine spiritual unfolding that is woven into Hsi's story is unexpected, profound, and deeply moving."

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Southwest BookViews



" Closing the Chart opens a conversation that merits serious study by the medical community and the public at large. Hsi's observations from several perspectives--faith and science, doctor and patient, husband and wife, father and children--could improve medical and hospital care as well as church and family relationships."

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Lubbock Avalanche



" Closing the Chart offers a rare insight into the world of terminal illness. It does a masterful job of combining the facts with the emotional truth. The University of New Mexico Press and everyone involved in the project have done us all a service with this publication."

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Albuquerque Journal



" Closing the Chart is both an engaging, page-turning read and a story told with so little artifice that you cannot close the cover unchanged."

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Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing




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