MEDIA RELEASE August 2006
BOOK DRAWS ATTENTION TO WORKPLACE BULLYING
Launched in Fairview, Alberta in May, the book, A Doctor’s Calling, has been so well received that it is now in its second printing. The book chronicles country doctor Douglas G. Snider’s life and career and his attempts to resolve a matter affecting health care in his community in the Alberta Peace region. It reviews initiatives by the Health Board to address Abe Cooper’s disruptive behavior and Cooper’s acts of retaliation that ultimately led to Snider’s murder.
Early publicity of the book focused on issues related to the justice system that allowed the court to put the victim, not the defendant on trial. Another issue in this story is the matter of disruptive behavior by physicians in the health care workplace. The book is in part a case example (albeit extreme) of the nature and ramifications of bullying in any workplace. Magnussen calls for reform in the manner in which the medical profession monitors and regulates the conduct of physicians. She examines the issue and summarizes recent initiatives that call for greater awareness and the development of workplace policies to ensure early assessment and intervention in the management of workplace bullying.
Reviewers describe the book, A Doctor’s Calling as: a courageous book, a necessary book… a work of love and concern… an important book …… a masterful job.