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The Art of Human Care

The Art of Human Care

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The Art of Human Care

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97 pages
57 minutes
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Oct 4, 2019
ISBN:
9781733665438
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In 2014, Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh delivered a deeply inspiring keynote to first-year medical students during their White Coat Ceremony at his medical school alma mater. Now, published for the first time in book form with illustrations from his daughter, The Art of Human Care presents Tetteh's words of wisdom and answers the question: How can we change the world through healing?

Dr. Tetteh shares how his own life-altering, near-death experience profoundly affected his approach to health care and ultimately led to his development of The Art of Human Care theory.

Though his near-death ordeal took place before he became a doctor--before he was even accepted to medical school--this experience helped him embrace the mind-body-spirit connection that informs his practice every day.

In The Art of Human Care, Dr. Tetteh combines many of his own personal stories with the healing power of art. His down-to-earth humanitarianism and unique perspective on what it truly means to "heal" will inspire readers to learn how they, too, can turn passion into a purpose, work every day to make the impossible possible, and save the world one patient at a time.

"With health, wisdom reveals itself, art becomes manifest, we have strength to fight life's challenges, our wealth becomes useful, we may apply our intelligence, and positively change the world for generations."
--Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh
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Oct 4, 2019
ISBN:
9781733665438
Format:
Livre

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The Art of Human Care - Hassan A. Tetteh

The

Art

of

Human

Care

HASSAN A. TETTEH

With ELLA BLEUE

©Copyright 2019

All Rights Reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without the author’s expressed written consent except

in the case of brief excerpts in critical reviews and articles.

The opinions and assertions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the United States Navy, Uniformed Services University, or the Department of Defense.

Inquiries about this book should be addressed to: TCG Publishing

Bethesda, Maryland, USA (800) 838-7061

www.doctortetteh.com

The Art of Human Care Hassan A. Tetteh with Ella Bleue

ISBN: 978-1-7336654-2-1

Library of Congress Control Number: 2019910302

Written by Hassan A. Tetteh

Cover Design by Steven Dana & Karen McDiarmid | Book Design by Karen McDiarmid Illustrated by Jessica Legon & Ella Bleue

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for

Amy Saad Tetteh

Ars longa, vita brevis.

—Hippocrates

Translation:

Art is long, life is short.

Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Part I

Genesis of The Art of Human Care

Part II

Introduction to The Art of Human Care Theory

Part III

A Call to Action: How to Change the World One Patient at a Time

Afterword

Acknowledgments

References

About the Author

Kudos

POURING HEARTS: Jessica Legon

Foreword

Dr. E.Thomas Moran

The idea for this book is, quite literally, beautiful. Dr. Hassan Tetteh has combined the beauty of art—with its unrestrained love of color and connection to a rich inner emotional life—with the beauty of compassion—the openness to caring connections with other human beings. Both art and compassion grace the human experience and reveal the best that is in us.

The idea of combining his lifelong commitment to human compassion with his young daughter Ella’s artwork is, in many respects, a natural expression of the meaning of Dr. Tetteh’s life.

I have known Dr. Tetteh since the early 1990s when he was an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. At the time, I was serving as provost of the college. As a student, Hassan displayed exceptional academic and leadership qualities. Instead of merely being inspired by his teachers, he also inspired them. He has gone on in life to have one of the most extraordinary careers of any person I have ever known.

From early on, it was clear that Hassan wanted to live a meaningful life in which serving others was a central dynamic. Near the end of his undergraduate career, he debated whether to go to medical school and become a healer or, as one of his most revered mentors suggested, apply to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and affect the world through public policy. He eventually did both.

After completing his undergraduate career, he went on to receive his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center in New York City. His next move—enlisting to serve in the United States Navy—was somewhat surprising and equally admirable.

Dr. Tetteh was born soon after his family arrived in the United States from Ghana in West Africa. He felt that he and his family had been fortunate to be able to come here—and that they owed a great deal to this country. Consequently, he enlisted. He remains an active duty officer with the rank of captain. He served as the chief medical informatics officer (CMIO) at Navy Medicine’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and as an associate professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

During the Iraq War, Hassan served as the ship’s surgeon on the USS Carl Vinson. After that, he received and completed a prestigious fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Minnesota. Since that time, as a board certified general and thoracic surgeon, he has performed heart-lung transplant surgeries in this highly demanding field.

He and I remained close during these years. In fact, after his father passed away, we became even closer. One winter night more than a decade ago, as he approached graduation from his fellowship at the University of Minnesota, he called me and asked if I would come to his graduation in the spring. He told me that it would mean the world to him if I could be there. I told him that I was honored that he had asked me and certainly intended to attend. However, that spring when his graduation neared, fate intervened in an unexpected way. The day after one of my usual Sunday afternoon eight-mile power walks, I went to get the results of what my doctors and I were sure would be a routine test. Instead, I was told that I needed quadruple heart bypass surgery. I would have to miss Hassan’s graduation. So, a few days later, he

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