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La Clínica: A Doctor's Journey Across Borders

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Sklar recalls how his earliest experiences in a remote Mexican clinic helped shape his career as an emergency physician and educator.
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Softcover 248 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. MEMOIRS. In 1972, when the world around him was making little sense, David Sklar left in his senior year of college to volunteer ... at a community clinic in rural Mexico. With absolutely no medical experience beyond being accepted to medical school at Stanford, Sklar literally learned medicine by practicing it. With duties that ranged from suturing wounds and delivering babies to digging latrines to pulling teeth, his time at the clinic took him into the heart of a medical world that the sterilized walls of the twentieth century would never have shown him. The experience challenged his idealism and, ultimately, molded him into a skilled emergency physician. Years later, deeply immersed in the stress of running the ER at the University of New Mexico Hospital and facing a divorce, Sklar decided to revisit the Mexican village and clinic that provided inspiration and grounding in the early stages of his career. Weaving together his time in Mexico, his later care Read more Show Less

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Sklar recalls how his earliest experiences in a remote Mexican clinic helped shape his career as an emergency physician and educator.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826345240
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Literature and Medicine Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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David P. Sklar is associate dean of graduate medical education at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and he served for many years as the chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UNM Health Sciences Center. This is his first book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    'La Clinica' poignantly questions life's journey, past and future

    'La Clinica' was a wonderful read, juxtaposing and weaving the various times of Dr. Sklar's life, from his childhood to his internship to his Clinica days to his affiliation with the University of New Mexico as head of its Department of Emergency Medicine, when he and his wife were separating. This is the story of what Freud once distilled as the two things most important in a man's life: meaningful work and a meaningful relationship with a woman. And in Dr. Sklar's case, we see his earnest attempt to make sense of both when each is turned topsy-turvy, to remain grounded as best he can under the circumstances. At La Clinica's best, the reader, young or old, will be called to task to examine his or her own life, asking, depending on age, either, 'Is this the path I wish to take?' Or, 'Why or how did I come to take this journey?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Excellent read

    For any aspiring clinician, or medical professional, interested in international medicine, this is a must read. Dr. Sklar¿s honest and humble account of life, medicine and volunteerism is inspiring to all whom strive to help others, while struggling to manage one¿s own problems. I would highly recommend this book to all pre-meds, medical students, residents and doctors interested in stepping outside of the traditional American medicine dream and into the real world.

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