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About the Author

Dr. Mary Beth Engrav is a Board Certified Emergency Physician. She has practiced Emergency Medicine for 20 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456570684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456570682
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is obviously a self-published book. Nothing wrong with that but where the heck was the proof reading before it went to print? I haven't seen that many typo's, suspect grammar and words missing from sentences in a book since, well, I have never seen so many errors! A good editor would have taken this book from good (which is what I think it is) to really good or great.

Dr. Engrav is not a professional writer but with that said she does more than a passable job at relating life in an ER to the reader. Her stories are genuine and laced with humor, sadness, tragedy and some amazing triumphs.

I would recommend the book, it's a good read.
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I decided to take advantage of my hour long lunch hour by taking part of it and reading books. Right now, I'm concentrating on non-fiction, Medical History books; eventually, I'll get back into reading fiction.

One of the last of the hardcover books left on my shelf is The Making of Modern Medicine: Turning Points in the Treatment of Disease by Michael Bliss and the next book was the Kindle version of Stores from the Emergency Room by Mary Beth Engrav, MD.

I originally combined both reviews into one because after completing my reading, I was left with the same feeling of bewilderment: these books were very well written, interesting to read but ultimately left me unsatisfied and unlikely to read them a second time.

Stores from the Emergency Room was an interesting collection of anecdotes of interesting cases Dr Engrav had encountered while an emergency room physician. The stories reminded me of the Emergency Room itself: tell the story, get the patient off to a specialist.

Perhaps I'm picky, but I seriously wanted more background: hospital background, background of Emergency Medicine in that hospital, background of Dr Engrav herself. Something. Anything more than, "here's the patient - here's what we did -- there goes the patient." Yawn.

I had a hard time coming up with a rating for this book and I've decided on ***/***** but in reality, I would give it 3.5/5 stars. Well-written but ultimately unsatisfying.
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By KMN on February 28, 2012
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Great book! I've read it twice. I always thought that life in the ER must be interesting at times and I enjoyed reading some of Dr. Engrav's most memorable experiences. The real life stories are entertaining and thought-provoking. The book describes both humorous and serious cases that the author and her coworkers have encountered. It's the real life stuff that makes the good stories and viewing on television shows like Grey's Anatomy, ER, etc. If you always wanted to be a "fly on the wall" to see what really goes on in the ER, you'll enjoy this book too.
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I enjoyed this book alot but I started reading this book and then it was done. This is a very quick read filled with good information and some humor. Buy this book if you want to fill a few hours with a quick enjoyable read.
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I've been an Emergency Medical Technician for 30 years so I enjoyed this book very much as I could relate to many of the situations and understood the language. I recommend this book.
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This was a sensitive account of what the folks at the ER go through. Well worth the time to read.
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Who couldn't relate to these stories? There is so much to learn from reading this book as well as the stories that unfold. It has all the feelings you might expect from an emergency room visit. IF I had to visit an Emergency Dept I would hope for someone like Dr. Engrav to take care of me.
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Love stories of ER docs and the sometimes funny often tragic situations uniting Dr and patient.

Their patience and compassion are indeed admirable qualities.
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