Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER

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“What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is the courageous measure of Austin’s humanity.”—Publishers Weekly
In this eye-opening account of life in the ER, Paul Austin recalls how the daily grind of long, erratic shifts and endless hordes of patients with sad stories sent him down a path of bitterness and cynicism. Gritty, powerful, and ultimately redemptive, Something for the Pain is a revealing glimpse into the fragility of ...

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Overview

“What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is the courageous measure of Austin’s humanity.”—Publishers Weekly
In this eye-opening account of life in the ER, Paul Austin recalls how the daily grind of long, erratic shifts and endless hordes of patients with sad stories sent him down a path of bitterness and cynicism. Gritty, powerful, and ultimately redemptive, Something for the Pain is a revealing glimpse into the fragility of compassion and sanity in the industrial setting of today’s hospitals.

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Boston Sunday Globe
“Austin gives a stunning account of the chaos of the emergency room, the constant drama of urgent situations calling for immediate and decisive action. He pulls us inside the chronic exhaustion ER docs fight against and fully engages us in the difficult juggling doctors do.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393337792
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 771,589
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Paul Austin

Paul Austin, an emergency-room doctor, is the author of a previous memoir, Something for the Pain. His essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, the Southeast Review, and the Gettysburg Review. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Something for the Pain; Paul Austin

    Simply excellent, informative, and some insight into our medical system.
    The message when related to hospitals, and the like is to ALWAYS ask questions no matter how foolish or silly you may feel. Often, too often,
    doctors make "safe" calls/decisions, NOT taking into consideration the
    INDIVIDUAL patient.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Excellent book

    This book really gives you an inside look of what it is like working in the er and from the Dr.'s perspective. Could not put the book down until the end.

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