With a relentlessly honest look at modern emergency medicine, Austin, a former firefighter now living in Durham, N.C., writes in his debut book of his transformation to a highly capable ER doctor struggling to stay one jump ahead of death in the crowded critical care ward. The book begins deftly with Austin, a sleep-deprived physician, trying to avoid mistakes stemming from fatigue by relying on his instincts, frequently both skill and luck, to treat patients with gunshot wounds, brain tumors, asthma, heart ailments and general problems. In a narrative blur of flashbacks, he tells of his career as a firefighter before landing in medical school, which was followed by an internship at a local hospital and marriage to a lovely nurse and having a family. What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is the courageous measure of Austin's humanity in taking on the endless weight of suffering, and what he becomes to his co-workers, his patients, his family and his community. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Something for the Pain: One Doctor's Account of Life and Death in the ERby Paul Austin
“What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is the courageous measure of Austin’s humanity.”—Publishers WeeklyIn 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./p>/em>
“What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is the courageous measure of Austin’s humanity.”—Publishers WeeklyIn 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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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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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.
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.