The Six-Liter Club

The Six-Liter Club

by Harry Kraus
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The Six-Liter Club by Harry Kraus

ELUSIVE WHISPERS, A DARK CLOSET, STRONG ARMS... DOES SHE EVEN WANT TO REMEMBER?

Camille Weller has arrived as the first African-American attending in the trauma service of the Medical College of Virginia. Never mind that the locker rooms are labeled "doctors" and "nurses" rather than "men" and "women" or that her dark skin communicates "incapable" to many of her white male colleagues in the OR. Camille has battled prejudices her entire career, but those battles were small spats compared to what she faces now.

When a colleague discovers a lump in her breast, she believes Dr. Camille Weller is the best doctor for her. Together, they decide on a course of treatment that bucks the established medical system, keeping Camille firmly in the crosshairs of male surgeons already riddled with skepticism and suspicion.

Her success as a surgeon is jeopardized further when dark whispers from her childhood in Africa plague Camille’s thoughts. Bewildering panic attacks instill fear in a surgeon bent on maintaining the control, pace, and direction of her own life. Unable to shake the flashes of memory, Camille is forced to face a past she has not acknowledged since the death of her father on an African mission field. Who was he? Who was she? And why would either of those answers affect her present?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416577973
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Best-selling author Harry Kraus, MD, is a board-certified surgeon whose contemporary fiction (beginning with 1994’s Stainless Steal Hearts and including his 2001 best-seller Could I Have This Dance?) is characterized by medical realism. He practices surgery in Virginia and formerly in Kenya where he served as a missionary surgeon. He's also the author of two works of nonfiction.

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Six-Liter Club 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Dr. Harry Kraus has written another great book! Not sure why I'm surprised. Have loved each one! This is a story of the first Black-American woman ER trauma surgeon, Camille Weller, hired at the Medical College of Virginia in 1983. She had to prove herself in several ways-the first woman, let alone a black woman in an ER trauma setting, the home of male testosterone and egos; trying to be one of the guys to 'fit in'; and having to 'toe the line' of the upper male echelon's rules of conduct, the latter of which she defied in her method of treating a female colleague. This isn't Dr. Kraus's usual medical murder mysteries, but the intensity of Camille's panic attacks and how they rule her world threaten her job and romantic relationships as well. It wasn't as riveting as previous novels, yet there was plenty of interactive episodes in the ER trauma realm, violence, and well as personal issues to keep you interested. The personal female touch, written by a male author, was a great approach to a difficult emotional situation. Kraus's use of flashbacks amidst the storyline was used succinctly to intrigue you, but doesn't give enough details to give away the plot. The interpersonal relationships were complex, given the situations taking place-which had me concerned throughout most of the book. He ends with a well thought out and twisted ending! A great read! This was a book I borrowed from the library. Dr. Harry Kraus is one of my favorite authors in this genre, and his books keep me coming back for more. Ready for the next one!
VicG More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of interviewing Harry Kraus, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for his new book, "The Six-Liter Club" published by Howard Books. The heroine is Dr. Camille Weller, an African-American woman in 1984 who has broken the color and gender barriers at the Medical College of Virginia as the attending surgeon in the Trauma Department. On her first day she has joined the super elite club known as the six-liter club by keeping a young man alive from a gunshot wound by giving him six liters of blood. I asked Dr. Kraus how many liters of blood we have and he told me we have five so by using six to keep someone alive you have given them all new blood. Dr. Weller has worked hard over the yeas to become very good at what she does and she wants to be "one of the boys" so she smokes what they smoke and drinks what they drink even though she doesn't like to drink or smoke. Joining the six-liter club does not give her bragging rights but actually threatens her probation so she vows to keep a low profile for the next three months. However, if her plan were to work there would not be a story so we know that her plan fails. One night she accidently hits a dog with her car and this event triggers certain memories from her family life in Kenya from 1964. At the same time Tina Kinser, Doctor Of Psychology at the hospital develops a breast tumor and only wants Dr. Heller to treat her. The issue then becomes are they to do a mastectomy or not. By not doing it Dr. Heller will be trying an unproven medical treatment and will be disobeying the wishes of the head of the department. While Dr. Heller is treating Dr. Kinser she is treating Dr. Heller for the attacks that these memories are causing and the two women start to explore the events of twenty years ago. This book is an amazing study of how two women cope with the issues that they have to deal with; Dr. Heller with her memories and Dr. Kinser with her illness. As the story develops we are drawn into their lives and care deeply for the both of them and how these issues will turn out. It is an exciting story and kept my attention all the way until the end. It was my first book by Dr. Harry Kraus it certainly will not be the last. I recommend it highly. If you missed the interview for "The Six-Liter Club" and would like to listen to it please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where it is available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Camille Weller has arrived as the first African-American attending in the trauma service of the Medical College of Virginia. Never mind that the locker rooms are labeled "doctors" and "nurses" rather than "men" and "women" or that her dark skin communicates "incapable" to many of her white male colleagues in the OR. Camille has battled prejudices her entire career, but those battles were small spats compared to what she faces now. When a colleague discovers a lump in her breast, she believes Dr. Camille Weller is the best doctor for her. Together, they decide on a course of treatment that bucks the established medical system, keeping Camille firmly in the crosshairs of male surgeons already riddled with skepticism and suspicion. Her success as a surgeon is jeopardized further when dark whispers from her childhood in Africa plague Camille's thoughts. Bewildering panic attacks instill fear in a surgeon bent on maintaining the control, pace, and direction of her own life. Unable to shake the flashes of memory, Camille is forced to face a past she has not acknowledged since the death of her father on an African mission field. Who was he? Who was she? And why would either of those answers affect her present? (excerpt from back cover). My Review: In the book, the Six Liter Club, by Harry Kraus, MD, I absolutely loved the story from page one. It's a story similar to an episode of your favorite medical show with more drama and intensity than I have seen in a medical fiction novel in quite some time. It holds your interest in every single page! The Six Liter Club is a prestigious club on men who have saved the lives of patients that have lost six liters of blood and still lived. Today, Camille becomes not only the first woman, but also the first African American surgeon as well to join the "boy's club". She finally thinks this is what it will take for the men in the hospital to finally see the potential she brings as a trauma surgeon at the Medical College of Virginia. However during one private conversation, Camille learns the real reason behind her being hired and it doesn't have to do with her medical qualifications. Just how long will she last here? Odds are exactly in her favor. So does she have what it takes to outlast and prove her worth here or will she simply pack her bags and become a resident instead? Will the God she met on the missions field with her father, help her during this time of indecision? This book was amazing and I read it in one sitting. I wasn't able to predict my way through this book and found the ending humorous, tearful, and surprising uplifting. I only hope that Harry Kraus, MD, the author decides to create a sequel for this novel. I received this book, compliments of Glass Roads Public Relations for my review and this is a must have for anyone's permanent library. I again rate this book 10 out of 10! For more information on this book, the author and where to get your very own copy, click on the link below: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Six-Liter-Club/Harry-Kraus/e/9781416577973/?itm=2&USRI=the+six+liter+club This book is available in paperback and eBook formats for your reading pleasure.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1984, Dr. Camille Weller is the first black female trauma surgeon at the Medical College of Virginia. On her first day on the job, Camille quickly becomes a member of the elite Six-Liter Club; entrance is saving the life of a patient who has lost six liters of blood. However, Weller struggles with sexism and racism as she becomes a highly regarded surgeon. She bends rules, but whenever she hits a gender, race, or national origin glass wall, she breaks through by recalling her early childhood in the Congo where her white missionary father and local resident mother died. Raised by her paternal American aunt, Camille has nightmares in which a counselor assumes they are repressed memories of her father abusing her; but could they be the horror of the terror in the Congo instead? This is an exhilarating medical thriller that focuses on the trials and tribulations of a young doctor facing several types of prejudices, as well as the horror of being orphaned in the Congo. Camille makes the story line work as she seeks her bi-continental roots while also making it as a physician. Simplicity and complexity at the same time with a deep look inside the OR, beads from East Africa and accepting or disavowing her father's religion, Dr. Harry Kraus provides a strong Reagan Era tale. Harriet Klausner