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a book by Richard D. Budson, MD
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This book brings the reader into close quarters with actual medical innovation, and discoveries which ultimately result in life instead of death. It is a must as a valuable eye-opener for beginning medical students and young fresh, physicians as they be gin their career.

Have you ever had to choose be tween doing what was expected of you and doing the right thing?

Have you wondered what it is like to be a doctor in an emergency room crowded with sick patients all seeking immediate care?

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you recognized that your patient wasn't getting the best treatment and you had an idea of an other method that would make a difference?

Are you a physician with such ideas to cure illnesses in new ways, but have been afraid to find out if you notions are correct? If you responded "yes" to any of these questions, this is the book for you, Read this book and you will find out how these unusual, but real med ical solutions were evaluated and solved by the author.

As a medical student and young doctor, I made several novel life-saving discoveries. I finished my career as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where I was the world leader in residential care of the mentally ill.

I accomplished all these things by recognizing my talents and making effective use of them. I sized up unexpected, unusual situations, thought carefully about them, and sought logical although sometimes unconventional solutions. I didn't shirk from doing what was right.

I invite you to dive into this book and you may well find yourself inspired to take note of your talents, and use them to the betterment of all.


Dr. Budson’s examples and “lessons learned” based on his own personal experiences during his medical career at a time when society and the profession were beginning to reconcile civil rights, health disparities, and the emergence of new technology, highlight the necessity to explore novel solutions  to problems, specifically when the status quo fails to address urgent needs.  Although his story begins during the 1950’s, his messages remain resonant today as we continue to navigate challenges related to human rights, social justice, and the imperfect intersection between medicine, technology, and society.  His reflections illuminate the power of intellectual curiosity and how it may be translated into action-oriented advocacy to improve the lives of others.

Michael Lukela, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine & Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Michigan Medical School

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