Dr. John Castaldo

Dr. John Castaldo is Chief of Neurology, Director of Neurosciences Research, and a past President of the Medical Staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in Pennsylvania. He is Professor of Clinical Medicine (Neurology) at Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey. Dr. Castaldo graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1976, and obtained his medical and neurological training at the Dartmouth School of Medicine and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock affiliated hospitals. He has a special interest in the field of cerebrovascular disease as well as in the management of the difficult headache patient, and has authored numerous journal articles in his field.  Dr. Castaldo has completed a fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology, is a Stroke Fellow of the American Heart Association, and has completed a fellowship in Creating Healthier Communities with The Health Care Forum. His book, Uncommon Wisdom (Rodale), includes sixteen tales of doctors as human beings: flawed and full of doubt, wonder, and reverence for what it means to be alive.

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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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