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Memory Lessons


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Jerry Winakur has practiced internal and geriatric medicine in San Antonio, Texas, for over thirty years. An Associate Faculty Member of Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, he also lectures in Humanities at the University of Texas and Trinity University in San Antonia. He lives with his wife, the poet Lee Robinson, in Comfort, Texas.


"Jerald Winakur poignantly brings together his personal and professional lives in this healing work, a deeply humane and utterly forthright book of memories, lessons, and revelations." "Edward Hirsch, author of Special Orders: Poems""
"Memory Lessons is a beautifully written and moving book that is both personal and universal. This son's story should touch everyone who has--or had--a father. This doctor's story should touch everyone who needs--or will need--a really good doctor. This powerful book offers a story for everyone." "Christine K. Cassel, M.D., President of the American Board of Internal Medicine""
"To say Memory Lessons is a beautifully written account by a physician son describing his father's decline from Alzheimer's, is only to begin to describe this haunting memoir. What Winakur gives us is a wise and lasting treatise about sickness and health, about life and death and the redemptive power of love--filial, parental and that of a physician for the practice of his craft. I can't think of a book quite like it or one that has affected me more." "Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner""
"Memory Lessons is a searing, heartbreaking, and beautifully written account of a physician's battle against Alzheimer's--among aging patients in general, but more personally as the disease slowly steals Dr. Winakur's own father. Like all fine literature, this is finally a book about what it means to be human." "Tim O'Brien""

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