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About the Author
Table of Contents
Singular IntimaciesPrologue Possessing Her Words
One Drawing Blood
Two AA Battery
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.
Eleven Finding the Person
Thirteen M & M
Fourteen Intensive Care
Epilogue Possessing Her Words
What People are Saying About This
"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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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!