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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    A very good read!

    I read this book in one short sitting. Dr. Huyler presents his emergency room stories with a clarity that is remarkable. Even though the 28 stories are short (the book has only 160 total pages), they are packed with emotion. 'Sunday Morning' is particularly touching -- sad, but heartwarming at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    Blood and guts are not poetic!

    If you liked 'Chicken Soup for the Soul', you'll love this one for sure; but my own experience working at the ER has taught me that poetry doesn't mesh very well with blood, pain and imminent death situations. I'm glad Dr. Huyler found a way to channel his stress in a positive way, but his somewhat empty prose leaves me quite cold. If you're looking for some good, interesting and serious tales about hospital medicine I recommend you 'Extreme remedies' by John Hejinian. In this, his one and only work of fiction, Dr. Hejinian writes a story that reflects the unadorned reality of this exciting but scary world, and even when the novel was first published more than 20 years ago, it's still actual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    Must Read for Anyone in the Field

    This was a wonderful little book that touched on the many realities of emergency medicine...the triumphs, the failures, the bizarre things that can happen to human bodies and the unbelievable things that patients tell us. Anyone contemplating a career in medicine should read this for a realistic view of what they will be up against. It should be required reading in nursing and pre-med schools (and would be one of the most enjoyable of required readings).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2000

    the underlying stories

    i was given this book as a gift, by my best friend, who is now a doctor. he said 'here, this is what i do all day.' needless to say, i am quite impressed, and have adeeper understanding of his life and the lives of doctors. very recomended

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