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Product Details

  • Series: Literature and Medicine (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr; 1 edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873388941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873388948
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Plunging into one of Jay Baruch's stories is like finding yourself in a busy Emergency Room at two in the morning - here you will meet characters whose lives are urgent and not always what they seem on the surface. Like his characters, Baruch's writing is vibrant and intense, and his vision is prismatic. He speaks in many voices, among them doctor, patient, family member, medical student, and even ER janitor, and so examines the world of health and illness from many points of view." - Cortney Davis"

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An emergency physician and faculty member at Brown Medical School, Jay Baruch has long been fascinated by how illness can make people strangers to their own bodies, how we all struggle to maintain control as the body decays and life slowly becomes unrecognizable, and how health professionals discover and struggle with the limits of their own competence and compassion. In Fourteen Stories, Baruch doesn't present a series of clinically based essays but a rich collection of short fiction that gives voice to a variety of people who, faced with difficult moral choices, find themselves making disburbing self-discoveries.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Austin on December 13, 2007
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I'm an ER doctor, and when I was reading this book, I felt like I was at work. Even so, I couldn't put it down. The pace is brisk, but the book is never superficial. A must read for anyone who is interested in the way illness affects our lives, and anyone considering a career in medicine or in nursing.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on August 18, 2007
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Thought provoking for both the doctor and non-doctor... wonderfully written. Frequently leaves you wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desert Wolverine on August 26, 2009
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As a former clinical social worker in a busy urban emergency center, I absolutely loved this book. Dr. Baruch humanizes the patients. Often patients are just "another case". Emergency medicine professionals see a microcosm of life in a daily shift in the ER; the best and the worst. This book presents the context of life in a busy ER with compassion and humor. This book could be used in place of a Journal Club in resident physician education or in curriculum for Literature in Medicine. I applaud Dr. Baruch. Please write another book soon.
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By Jessica E. Sims on October 10, 2010
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Good book of short stories. Seems like that is a lost art these days. Well written fictional and some which may be non-fiction, or semi-fictional. As a person in the medical field one rarely has time to reflect on the thoughts and emotions and family interactions that frame patient experiences. Yet, we have a unique opportunity to peer into these lives and personal circumstances. This book takes the time to reflect and bring the reader into a world view hve the opportunity to experience if not facing medical tragedy firsthand.
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