IBJI Physician Donates Book Proceeds to Charity

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Most physicians write highly-detailed academic treatments of very narrowly-defined clinical situations which are rarely understood or even read by anyone outside a small community of medical specialists. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael Lewis, of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, has elected to take the opposite approach in his book and is donating the proceeds to charity. He has written a book that he feels is expansive on life, designed to appeal to different ages and attention spans and that can not only be read but inspire.

Most physicians write highly-detailed academic treatments of very narrowly-defined clinical situations which are rarely understood or even read by anyone outside a small community of medical specialists. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael Lewis, of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, has elected to take the opposite approach in his book and is donating the proceeds to charity. He has written a book that he feels is expansive on life, designed to appeal to different ages and attention spans and that can not only be read but inspire.

Dr. Lewis's book, Seeing More Colors, is based on the teachings of Abraham Maslow, a man considered by many to be the father of modern humanistic psychology and a professor at Brandeis University, where Lewis studied with him. Maslow's simple, yet revolutionary, approach to psychology makes him relevant today, 40 years after his death. By studying the most admired people of the world, he identified the personal characteristics that made them successful and, he believed that if readers were open to them, that they could be transported to new levels of happiness and achievement.

Lewis takes a new look at the qualities Maslow found in these individuals. He looked at capacity to shape reality, creativity, appreciation of the moment, autonomy, focus beyond oneself, humor and celebration, kinship, reciprocal loving relationships and propensity for peak experiences.

Using Maslow's ideas as a framework, he demonstrates with stories, quotations and photographs how each of us can lead a more rewarding life. "The photographs are my own, taken on all seven continents," says Dr. Lewis. "The stories are those which had a profound impact on me, including experiences I have had as an orthopedic consultant to the world champion Chicago Bulls basketball team and the Chicago White Sox baseball team."

Writing on the human spirit is not new for Dr. Lewis whose One World: A View From 50 Countries offered readers a spectacular compilation of his photographs that captured amazingly human moments - from the shot of a dozen Asian men, limbless in varying degrees and waiting for prostheses, to breathtaking views of wild animals. Eagle Eyes, a book for children, tells the story of a boy whose grandfather, following the removal of cataracts, sees him for the first time.

Sight as a metaphor for a meaningful life thread is not only through his books, but is evident in Dr. Lewis' personal choices as well. As he did with his previous books, Dr. Lewis heeds Dr. Maslow's prescription to "focus beyond oneself." He will donate all proceeds to the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization dedicated to eradicating unnecessary blindness, particularly in "the most needy patients in the world's most remote places," according to http://www.cureblindness.org.

Initial reactions to Seeing More Colors have been "gratifying" to Dr. Lewis. Readers have described it as "a life changer," "an inspiration" and "a book that resonates more deeply with each reading." "There are different ways to enjoy this book," Dr. Lewis points out. "One can simply enjoy the photographs or quotations. Each chapter is a contained unit, so you can use it like a daily inspirational, or you can read it in its totality." The spirit of the photographer is evident in Dr. Lewis as he states, "People have told me that this book changes the way they see things."    

Seeing More Colors is available for sale at http://www.michaelslewismd.com/mlewis-colors-overview.htm.

The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute is an orthopaedic medical practice that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. IBJI has over 90 physicians and over 90 rehabilitation therapists at over 25 locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

For further information on the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute write to Illinois Bone and Joint Institute 8930 Waukegan Road Suite 200 Morton Grove, IL 60053 or call 847-324-3975.

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