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St. Louis Doctor Prescribes a Healthy Dose of Listening

September 20, 2012

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Francisco Garriga, M.D., a successful physician in private practice and clinical instructor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, released a book that depicts the lives of courageous and sometimes outrageous individuals facing serious illness. The book highlights how the simple act of listening increases the quality of health care.

“Tell Me How You Die Easy” is a primer on humane healing students, doctors, and patients can easily digest. It is packed with personal stories from Dr. Garriga’s 36 years of medical practice. It drives home a central point missing from medical literature: Patients don’t leave their lives in the waiting room when they see a doctor.

Medical students Dr. Garriga tutored encouraged him to write the book. They felt that Dr. Garriga’s stories teach critical lessons about dealing with the complex emotions that arise from relationships between caregivers and patients.

“This book is a must read for all physicians and caregivers in the health care field, whether in training or having practiced for many years. The stories remind us we are all human and are dependent on each other,” said Robert Henkel, President and CEO of Ascension Health.

“Tell Me How You Die Easy” is appropriate for all caregivers and patients based on its readability and freedom from medical jargon.

“The book is sometimes sad; sometimes funny; always compelling and memorable,” Dr. Garriga said.

For more information or to purchase “Tell Me How You Die Easy” in paperback, visit Dr. Garriga’s web site http://www.franciscogarrigamd.com. A Nook version is now available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

Follow Francisco Garriga, M.D. on Facebook where fans have an exclusive opportunity to download one chapter of “Tell Me How You Die Easy” for free at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Francisco-Garriga-MD/508144895863774?ref=ts

About Francisco Garriga, M.D. – Dr. Garriga is board certified in internal medicine and is fellowship-trained in rheumatology. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and earned his medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is currently in private practice with the SSM Medical Group. He has a special interest in treating osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other autoimmune diseases. He lives with his wife and family in St. Louis County, MO.

SOURCE Francisco Garriga, M.D.

Source: PR Newswire