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The Night Shift Hardcover – January 1, 2010


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada Ltd; First Edition edition (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1554683912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554683918
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Goran Matic on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This 260 page book is a quick, easy and very light read. It is a series of disconnected short stories related to Dr. Goldman's work in the ER. Some of these are quite interesting. It certainly provided some perspective into ER in Canada.

I suspect this book accomplishes what it sets out to do: To describe the ER in Canada. Unfortunately for me, in achieving this goal, it lacks in scientific and clinical data. I would have enjoyed a more clinical perspective. I therefore give this a 4/5 stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AllyD on September 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy medical nonfiction and Dr. Goldman's account of the workings of a Canadian ER did not disappoint. The cases are interesting and varied, as is to be expected in an emergency setting, and some interesting points about the inner workings of a hospital are discussed. There aren't many books in this genre that are written from a Canadian perspective; hopefully this book will encourage other Canadian doctors to produce accounts of their specialties.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine H Smith on September 15, 2013
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Great book for the lay person interested in medicine and how the ER system in Canada works. I definitely have a bit more compassion for these doctors and more respect!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Jolly on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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HarperCollins|September 3, 2010|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-55468-391-8

Dr. Brian Goldman is both an emergency room physician at Mount Sinai and a prominent medical journalist. Never one to shy away from controversy, Goldman specializes in kicking open the doors to the medical establishment revealing what really goes on behind the scenes - and in the minds of doctors and nurses.

In The Night Shift, Goldman shares his experiences in the witching hours at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto. We meet the kinds of patients who walk into an ER after midnight: late night revellers injured on their way home after last call, teens assaulted in the streets by other teens and a woman who punches another woman out of jealousy over a man. But Goldman also reveals the emotional, heartbreaking side of everyday ER visits: adult children forced to make life and death decisions about critically ill parents, victims of sexual assault, and mentally ill and homeless patients looking for understanding and a quick fix in the twenty-four hour waiting room. Written with Goldman's trademark honesty and with surprising humour, The Night Shift is also a frank look at many issues facing the medical profession today, and offers a highly compelling inside view into an often shrouded world.

My Review:

This was an absolutely phenomenal book! Dr. Goldman blows the lid off what really goes on inside the Emergency Room for those inquiring minds who want to know. Goldman is frank, honest and doesn't mince words about both the good and bad sides of his profession.

The decisions, quick thinking and the speed at which these doctors and nurses often have to work is staggering.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By little lady blue on October 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Anyone visiting an ER is probably frightened & in pain & the last thing on your mind is an inept or sleep-deprived doctor who is not up to the task of making you better.

Dr. Goldman has written a medical text that is easy to read by any non-medical person. Told in a conversational style he imparts some of his experiences as an ER night shift doctor in a Toronto hospital - he explores the inner workings of a big city ER that patients & outsiders never see. He does so with a touch of humour & a show of compassion which is admirable. Explaining what goes on behind the scenes may not make you feel any better, but at least you may have a better understanding of the enormity of what the doctors & nurses are faced with on a regular basis.

I am grateful to Dr. Goldman for confirming my belief that there are doctors who suffer from a "God-complex". Doctors who should not be doctors in my view. `First do no harm' is not a concept they grasp.

My logical mind says that doctors are human & thereby are prone to make mistakes, but that's the last thing I want to think about when I'm sick. This book is a revelation about how many mistakes can/do occur & why some of these mistakes happen. It puts into black & white, a very frightening fact right from `the horse's mouth' so to speak.

This book relates to an Ontario hospital & makes clear that that system is in desperate need of repair. Not an uncommon view for some time now which has, to date, only attracted lip-service from those charged with making the system better. However, it would not be outlandish to suppose that similar circumstances exist elsewhere.

Going to an ER is really much like buying a Lottery ticket. If you are lucky you get a doctor like Dr.
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