Megalies

A Memoir

By Lodovico Balducci

Megalies

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  • ISBN: 9781625644084
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication Date: 2/28/2014
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Megalies

A Memoir

By Lodovico Balducci

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781625644084
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication Date: 2/28/2014
  • Retail Price: $35.00
Web Price: $28.00
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eBOOK

  • ISBN: 9781625644084
  • Format: epub
  • Publication Date: 2/28/2014
  • Retail Price: $35.00
Web Price: $28.00
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About-

"Make it up, dammit! Just lie! How can you expect to become a physician if you don't learn how to lie?" I used to recommend to junior medical students the first day they walked into a ward. I shared the wisdom accumulated in more than thirty years. I had survived thanks to a carefully woven web of lies. The mother of all lies holds there is an objective good, such as money, power, or prestige. We are expected to pursue it at the cost of denying ourselves, our unique living truth.

This book narrates the journey of Lodovico Balducci in his discovery of the living truth: the ability to give and receive unconditional love. "Agape" is purposeful, determined, and committed love inspired by our own mystery, the most intimate needs and inspiration. Agape allowed Balducci to convert his worst liabilities, such as depression, into his most valuable assets when ministering to the suffering. Agape showed Balducci that he was "sacred," that is, endowed with a mission only he can accomplish, that "sacrifice" (the recognition of one's sacredness) is the meaning of existence, and that redemption (the paying of somebody else's debt for the common good) is the goal of personal sacrifice.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In Megalies, Dr. Balducci blends his personal life with the practice of medicine, and with larger historical, religious, and social events to create a provocative interpretation of living a life worth living. . . . This kind of thoughtful and spiritual person is the kind of physician I want by my side now and at the end of my life."
--Carolyn Ellis, Professor of Communication, University of South Florida

"This is, without doubt, an extraordinary volume. . . . I can say little else other than to ask, not recommend, doctors, nurses, and all those involved with the care of patients as persons, to read this volume very carefully and to learn well from it."
--Professor Andrew Miles, WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

"Dr. Balducci is against taking the person out of the person. He is for medicine at the service of the human being and not the other way around. He takes the radically countercultural and glorious stance that life is not a commodity to be managed and controlled, but a mystery."
--Heather King, author of Stripped

Contributors-

Lodovico Balducci

Bio(s)-

Lodovico Balducci is a physician, medical oncologist, Senior Member of the Moffitt Cancer Center, and he is Professor of Medicine and Oncologic Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is considered the father of geriatric oncology, a discipline he developed and publicized over the past twenty-five years. He is the senior editor of three textbooks of geriatric oncology and two textbooks of geriatric hematology.

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