No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

by Rachel Pearson MD


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A brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.

No Apparent Distress begins with a mistake made by a white medical student that may have hastened the death of a working-class black man who sought care in a student-run clinic. Haunted by this error, the author—herself from a working-class background—delves into the stories and politics of a medical training system in which students learn on the bodies of the poor. Part confession, part family history, No Apparent Distressis at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355857
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 268,933
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rachel Pearson, MD, PhD, is a resident physician who also holds a PhD from the Institute for the Medical Humanities. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, the Guardian, the
Texas Observer, and the New York Times Book Review.

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No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ben69 More than 1 year ago
Read it in 3 days and have recommended it to 5 people including my personal physician who went to UTMB for his training also. The author refers to two conditions that I have had. Scoliosis which I still have and osteomyelitis for which I was cured. I am glad to see these get mentioned The majority of the book deals with pointing out the chasm between those who have access to decent health care and those looking at financial ruin. It's not a clinical study of the battle being raged in Congress about Obamacare but rather vignettes of both sides that the Doctor has personally experienced, Highly recommended to those who have no medical knowledge but want to understand what the clowns in Washington are dealing with so poorly. It's not a technical book full of jargon but one that deals with the subject in a humane and thoughtful manner.