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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: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bird Lady on September 20, 2013
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I was dumbfounded by the unprofessional writing in this book. As other Amazon customers have so aptly put it, the grammar, punctuation and common sense of this book completely overshadowed the literary content. I guess I have become spoiled by competent authors. It's obvious that no editor could have been involved in this mess. I found myself continuing to read it for the comic relief. No, the laughs were not intended by the author. Example: "Quickly the cop pulled out his Taser and tasted the patient." Really??? There were a multitude of similar careless errors which the author apparently didn't notice. This book is absolute amateur hour. Don't waste your time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sunnyvale on August 22, 2011
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By russ gerber on November 2, 2012
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This is a terribly and very low level book......I found myself seriously wondering if someone else wrote it, or if she just lacks a real publisher and perhaps dictated it without spell or grammar checking it? While there might be some interesting stories in it, I am a nurse myself and was very distracted by the writing. With a doctor's education, this should be better.
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By WB4FSF@aol.com; Bonnie W. Taylor on September 7, 2013
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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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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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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jujy-Nebraska on September 6, 2012
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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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