Unlike other fields of medicine, with their occasional "oddities," the Intensive Care Unit sets the stage for a steady stream of unique medical challenges and patients who don't fit a standard profile. Fainting Pulse is a compelling compilation of stories based on these real-life cases-and told by the doctor who lived them. While some patients come and go from critical care quickly and uneventfully, others leave a permanent mark on their caregiver's souls. Among the dramatic stabbings, shootings, and freak car crashes, there are stories of exceptional patients and exceptional circumstances. Fainting Pulse shares some of these stories-from a woman struck by lightning to a man whose toothpick habit is nearly fatal; from swine flu to maggot therapy-with compassion, respect, and a healthy dose of humor.