One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine

One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine

by Brendan Reilly
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One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine by Brendan Reilly

Told by a unique voice in American medicine, this epic story recounts life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physician, and is described by The New York Times as “a true service [to history]. Dr. Reilly deserves a resounding bravo for telling it like it is.” Malcolm Gladwell agrees: “Brendan Reilly has written a beautiful book about a forgotten subject—what it means for a physician to truly care for a patient.”

Every review of One Doctor noted its beautiful writing and compelling story, the riveting tension and suspense. “Remarkable with heart-pounding pace and drama” (Publishers Weekly); “a gripping, moving memoir” (Abraham Verghese); “a terrific read” (The Boston Globe); “an astonishingly moving and incredibly personal account of a modern doctor” (The Lancet).

In compelling first-person prose, Dr. Brendan Reilly takes readers to the front lines of medicine today. Whipsawed by daily crises and frustra­tions, Reilly must deal with several daunting challenges simultaneously. As Reilly’s patients and their families survive close calls, struggle with heartrending decisions, and confront the limits of medicine’s power to cure, One Doctor lays bare a fragmented, depersonalized, business-driven health care system where real caring is hard to find. Every day, Reilly sees patients who fall through the cracks and suffer harm because they lack one doctor who knows them well and relentlessly advocates for their best interests. Filled with fascinating characters in New York City and rural New England—people with dark secrets, mysterious illnesses, impossible dreams, and limitless courage—One Doctor tells their stories with sensitivity and empathy, reminding us of professional values once held dear by all physicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476726359
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 320,379
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Brendan Reilly is executive vice chair of medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. A widely published clinical researcher and educator, he has served as the chair of medicine and physician-in-chief at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, which, during Reilly’s thirteen-year tenure there, was the inspiration (and setting) for the hit NBC television series ER.

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One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BenGoldwin More than 1 year ago
One Doctor is a book rich with information about the medical field. Every page is educational and informative. Here, Brendan Reilly tells of his career on the front lines of medicine. A splendid memoir to say the least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book is like going on rounds with the author, Dr. Brendan Reilly, an outstanding physician and role model to thousands of doctors in the US and around the world.  How lucky we are!  We get to actually see how he approaches, interviews, examines, and treats his patients.  He includes asides that explain the science behind how he is thinking about the patients, how he is teaching his residents and medical students, and how his personal life tries to interfere with his doctoring.  As a physician, I was reminded about the things I need to be doing regularly in my job.  As a person, I was swept along by the story of a humble man, juggling his job and his family responsibilities, caught up in the high drama that sometimes comes into the lives of ordinary people.  Dr. Reilly is quite a storyteller!  I certainly look forward to reading more of them! 
ViajoMD More than 1 year ago
Fabulous! Dr. Reilly tells it like it is. I would make his book required reading for anyone that ever may need the U.S. medical system(everyone), and especially our politicians in the policy setting area, and all the budding doctors, residents, interns and students in the pipeline.
efm More than 1 year ago
Loved it, was a Nurse for 35 years, this is the way it is........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful, well-written, engaging, compassionately critical - I can't think of enough superlatives. The fact that my wife (fiction) and I (non-fiction) not only each read One Doctor but found ourselves talking about it should be sufficient testimonial. To us, this work is far more than a memoir. Rather, it is a carefully crafted journey through and critique of our healthcare system, as told through one doctor and many patient experiences. Prior to reading One Doctor, I had just waged a "Free Dad" campaign for my wonderful 96 year old father to allow him to "die with dignity" - sure wish I had read the book first. I now insist my Mom's 96 year medical team(s) read One Doctor. I hope the author pens another book soon - the man can write!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy read. His personal relationships with his patients was the interesting part. His review of how medicine has changed since he became a doctor was insightful. His assessment of ethics in medicine was brave. I enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been in healthcare for over 40 years, I truly appreciated this book. It tells the need for your internist to have input into the care the "hospitalist" who cares for you during a hospital admission should have. Costs do increase with duplicate studies, and the hospitalists' decisions are not based on any personalized information. We must be assertive and speak for our personal decisions and rights. The cost of healthcare may benefit the hospital but what about the final condition to you/me for their decisions?
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Travel-and-Health More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, which most of my article "Pros and Cons of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)" is based on. It has debunked many myths in today's medical practices.
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