Dr. Lawrence Levitt

Dr. Lawrence Levitt is Senior Consultant in Neurology Emeritus at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He founded the neurology division at that hospital and co-led a successful effort to transform it into the largest teaching hospital in Pennsylvania. He is professor of Clinical Medicine (Neurology) at Penn State College of Medicine. A graduate of Queens College, he attended Cornell University Medical College as a Jonas Salk Scholar. Dr. Levitt completed his internship and first year medical residency at the Cornell Division of Bellevue Hospital. He trained in neurology at the Harvard teaching hospitals of the Longwood Area Neurology Program. He is co-author of Neurology, one of America’s most popular neurology texts published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. The book is now in its seventh edition, and translated into eight foreign languages including Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

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Uncommon Wisdom: True Tales of What Our Lives as Doctors Have Taught Us About Love, Faith and Healing

by Dr. John Castaldo and Dr. Lawrence Levitt

In light of the escalating costs of healthcare in the U.S. and the on-going debate about appropriate health insurance reform, it’s easy to forget about the human side of medicine and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. In Uncommon Wisdom, neurologists John Castaldo and Lawrence Levitt share what they have learned in their many years as doctors, not just from tests and labs, but from years of listening and learning from their patients.

These 16 tales show doctors as human beings: flawed and full of doubt, wonder, and reverence about what it means to be alive. The stories remind us that the medical profession should be about treating people with the dignity they deserve and that medical miracles don’t always involve medicine. These doctors find cures, solve mysteries, and glean many lessons from listening deeply to their patients.

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