The noted physician, Dr. Michael D. Lockshin, Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics-Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine and Director of the Barbara Volcker Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery, explores seldom discussed issues of contemporary medical practice—how should and how do patients respond when diagnoses are uncertain? How should and how do doctors respond? Or insurers and other administrators? How do each of these groups balance short-term versus long-term goals? The Prince at the Ruined Tower:Time, Uncertainty & Chronic Illness is a book about patients, doctors, and the health care system written by a physician with broad experience in the world of chronic illness.