Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue

Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue

by Danielle Ofri

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ISBN-13: 9780807097465
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,026,397
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and has cared for patients at New York’s Bellevue Hospital for more than two decades. Writing in the Guardian, Andrew Solomon singled out Ofri as the only woman among an extraordinary new generation of doctor writers, saying, “Ofri has produced four impressive books and numerous articles, all striking for their reversion to empathy, their willingness to sense not only the physical life of a patient, but also the emotional.” Ofri’s books and articles have become academic staples in medical schools, universities and residency programs. She is the editor in chief of the Bellevue Literary Review and writes regularly for the New York Times. Ofri in New York City.

Table of Contents

Singular IntimaciesPrologue Possessing Her Words

One Drawing Blood
Two AA Battery
Three Stuck
Four Change of Heart
Five July 1st
Six The Professor of Denial
Seven The Burden of Knowledge
Eight In Charge
Nine Time of Death: 3:27 A.M.
Ten Immunity
Eleven Finding the Person
Twelve Positive
Thirteen M & M
Fourteen Intensive Care
Fifteen Merced

Epilogue Possessing Her Words


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"Danielle Ofri is a finely gifted writer, a born storyteller as well as a born physician, and through these fifteen brilliantly written episodes, we get not only a deep sense of the high drama of life and death, but a feeling for the making of a physician’s mind and soul." —Oliver Sacks, M.D.

"These essays. . . resonate with insight, intelligence, humor and an extraordinary sensitivity to both the patients she treated in this inner-city facility and the staff she worked with. . . .Ofri brings to this memoir a combination of medical information and some very expressive writing. . . The pieces in this powerful collection are tied together by the struggle of a clearly gifted physician to master the complexities of healing." —Publishers Weekly

"Ofri is a gifted writer. Her vignettes ring with truth, and for any physician or patient who knows the dramas of a big-city hospital they will evoke tears, laughter, and memories. Indeed, any reader, physician or not, will find in Singular Intimacies the essence of becoming and being a doctor." —Robert S. Schwartz, New England Journal of Medicine

"...[Ofri's] writing tumbles forth with color and emotion. She demonstrates an ear for dialogue, humility about the limits of her medical training, and an extraordinary capacity to be touched by human suffering...Ofri's book is an important addition to the literary canon of medicine." —Jan Gardner, Boston Globe

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Meggo on LibraryThing 20 days ago
A fascinating story that follows the journey of Danielle Ofri from wet-behind the ears medical student to the end of her residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Extremely well written, this was a fascinating peek under the tent at the human side of medicine - the vulnerabilities of doctors who are not as all-knowing as they appear. Well worth reading.
Lovergirlloveroflife More than 1 year ago
I am not a doctor or a patient; I have nothing to do with the world of medicine, so I had a bit of trepidation about reading this book. It turns out that it is so well written that I had nothing to worry about! I loved it; I could hardly put it down. It was so interesting and informative and Ofri's character so attractive; there is no reason to not read this book. Besides, I heard that Ofri gives the doctors or/and residents on her team poems in the mornings to get their days started; how special and cool is that? Also, she is the co-founder and editor at the Bellevue Literary Review, a really excellent, high quality literary journal. She knows her literary stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danielle Ofri has given an intimate and moving portrayal of becoming a doctor. I felt that I was right there with her as she shared her varied experiences and insights. She treats her subjects, both patients and people in her life, with great respect and honor. If all doctors were so reflective and passionate we would have the best health care. You will not want to put this book down!
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