Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Chaotic Life of a Physical Therapist Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Chaotic Life of a Physical Therapist Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center

by Adele Levine


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583335390
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Adele Levine, P.T. is also a lover of long distance open water swimming and late-night urban cycling.  She lives in Wheaton MD.

Table of Contents

Part 1

Cosmo 3

Psych Ward 17

Sick Call 30

Leaving Ward 57 39

We Are on a Cruise 53

Three-Ring Circus 70

Standing 79

The Temple of Jim 86

Walking 92

Sports Medicine 98

Tormentor 105

It's Not Me, It's You 117

Running 126

Winter in July 138

Girlfriend Land 146

Part 2

Amputee Dreams 157

Bad Boy Meeting 169

TBI 182

C-Legs 192

War Victims 204

The Real Thing 213

It's Not About the Bike 219

Pigeon in the Pool 225

The Donor 236

Visitors 248

Goodbye 259

We Are a Museum Collection 265

Epilogue 270

Acknowledgments 273

About the Author 277

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Adele has captured the unique, frenetic, protective world that was Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 2003 until its closure in 2011.  Her dedication and the dedication of all who labored mightily there to save and rebuild our Wounded Warriors’ broken bodies and detoured lives is an overlooked part of modern warfare.  Reading this book brought me right back to the hours I spent on a treatment table surrounded by my fellow Wounded Warriors as we pushed each other, using grit, gallows humor and even bribes of cookies in order to face yet another day of pain on our road back to our new futures. Read this book to gain a window into an aspect of combat and a cost that our troops, their families and their caretakers must bear that is no less heroic than those of the battlefield. "
—Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Iraq War Veteran, former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs

"Run, Don't Walk captures the essence of what it was like to be at Walter Reed during its darkest days. And it is told by one of the true un-sung heroes of the wounded from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: The Physical Therapist. It is heartbreaking and hilarious.  Levine captures the disappointments, the heartache and the triumphs of the injured troops and the spirit of those determined to save them.  Truly a remarkable book that tells a side of the war story very few ever witness or live to tell about."
—Cami McCormick, CBS News Correspondent 
"I've never read anything like Run, Don’t Walk, except possibly the first chapter of Catch 22. Humor heals, comforts, and saves. Don't take my word for it. Read this magnificent book."
—Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian
“An amputee rehabilitation center is a crucible of emotion, and this book throbs with the pulse of a human heart. The characters are hilarious, harsh, eccentric, brave, and real, portrayed with tenderness and unflinching honesty. Yet Levine moved me more with what she didn't say. A master of understatement, she paints a picture of what it's like to work at this strange job, patching up broken soldiers only to be sent back to war— and tells her own story, setting her own sorrows and struggles beside the pain of her amputee patients.”
—Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

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Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Courageous Life Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read
2good2miss More than 1 year ago
I work in physical therapy and this rang so true. A lot of laughs along with the heartfelt story of our wounded warriors fighting their way to health.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enlightening read. This book is a medical memoir from physical therapist Adele Levine. Ms. Levine worked with traumatic combat injury soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan in the "fishbowl", a glassed in gymnasium rehab unit at the now closed Walter Reed Army Medical Center. From the first page she engrosses the reader on a gripping journey of sadness, triumph, humor and personal growth. My thanks to Avery Publishing for the advance copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real look into the lives of those dealing with trauma of all kinds, this is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago