No Apparent Distress

No Apparent Distress

A Doctor's Coming-of-age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

eBook - 2017
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A brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.

No Apparent Distress begins with a mistake made by a white medical student that may have hastened the death of a working-class black man who sought care in a student-run clinic. Haunted by this error, the author—herself from a working-class background—delves into the stories and politics of a medical training system in which students learn on the bodies of the poor. Part confession, part family history, No Apparent Distress is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
ISBN: 9780393249255
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 24, 2018

Wow. A book that is mesmerizing and horrifying, both. A brilliant working class woman from Texas tells a true story that is much more than just "A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine", the subtitle on the cover of the paperback edition I am reading. The author, Rachel Pearson, MD, opens up the figurative cadaver that is the body of American medicine since 2000. Or maybe shows us finally what has been the aftermath of the decision by American politicians to reject the path to the decent universal medical care that was shown by British and Canadian leaders after our working class citizens gave their lives to stop Hitler and the Japanese warlords during World War Two. This gives a whole huge look at the savage inequities that insurance companies are forcing on poor Americans, as well as the extremes of the gauntlet that is run by medical students in their quests to become doctors. I find this extremely well written book as hard to put down as it is to read. Pearson helps us feel her pain as well as that of her patients. Amazing work.


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