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A physician shares the darkest depths of his depression, suicidal ideation, addiction, and the important lessons he learned through years of personal recovery. Pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician Dr. Adam B. Hill suffered despair and disillusionment with the culture of medicine, culminating in a spiral of depression, alcoholism, and an active suicidal plan. Then while in recovery from active addiction, he lost a colleague to suicide, further revealing the extent of the secrecy and broken systems contributing to an epidemic of professional distress within the medical field. By sharing his harrowing story, Dr. Hill helps identify the barriers and obstacles standing in the way of mental health recovery, while pleading for a revolutionary new approach to how we treat individuals in substance use recovery. In fighting stereotypes/stigma and teaching vulnerability, compassion, and empathy, Hill's work is being lauded as a road map for better practices at a time when medical professionals around the world are struggling in silence.Show more
Dr. Catherine 'Cathy' DeAngelis has shattered numerous glass ceilings in medicine for herself and generations of women she's mentored. Raised in 1940s hardscrabble Pennsylvania coal mining country, Cathy's unyielding determination and indomitable self-belief steamrolled medicine's entrenched sexism. In a life filled with 'firsts,' she was named the first woman Editor-in-Chief of JAMA the Journal of the American Medical Association. Her six-decade career includes being one of the first female professors at the preeminent Johns Hopkins University and first Chair of their Pediatrics Division; Chair of the American Board of Pediatrics; and selection to the National Academy of Medicine, considered to be American Medicine's Hall-of-Fame. Cathy's insight, leadership, sharp wit, and compassionate nature continue to make her a leading voice in the fight for gender equity, ensuring that women in medicine get the same opportunities and pay as their male peers. This is Dr. De's amazing story, her life's journey, in her own words.Show more