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Angels in the ER: Inspiring True Stories from an Emergency Room Doctor Paperback – August 1, 2008
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"People caring for people. Compassion and lovingkindness in difficult circumstances. This is the medicine we need the most, and it is administered on every page of Angels in the ER, a chronicle of mankind at its best."
—Richard Thomas, film, television, and stage actor, "John-Boy" on The Waltons and host of It's a Miracle
"Angels in the ER is hard to put down. You are right there with Dr. Lesslie in every circumstance, and each situation shows the spiritual dimension of life and death in a way most of us will never experience on our own. I can only compare the demand for moment-to-moment decision-making with my time on the basketball court. I enjoyed every story."
—Bobby Jones, co-founder 2XSALT, four-time NBA All-Star, and member of the 1983 World Champion Philadelphia 76ers
"Intelligent, insightful, professional, honest, compassionate...personal stories that allow the reader to view the patient from the mind and heart of the physician...
"In an age when patients are viewed as social security numbers, Dr. Lesslie recovers the fading image of a caring doctor for whom the patient is center stage. We are left with the impression that angels belong to our lives, both in and out of emergency rooms. That is a conviction worth holding, and this is a book worth reading and rereading...If I ever land in an emergency room, I hope Dr. Lesslie is there waiting for me."
—Randall T. Ruble, president, Erskine College and Seminary
About the Author
Bestselling author Dr. Robert Lesslie is a physician with more than 30 years of experience in fast-paced, intense ER environments. He is now the co-owner and medical director of two urgent-care facilities. He has written many books (including Angels in the ER—over 200,000 copies sold) as well as newspaper and magazine columns and human-interest stories. He and his wife, Barbara, live in South Carolina.
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There are two things I don't understand. One is a newborn baby. It's always a miracle. the second thing I don't understand is death. There are times the ER deals with death, but most of the time they can patch patients enough to be sent home or to a specialist. My wife is a retired CAT Scan technician. She started out as an X-Ray technician, and at one point wanted a different pace of work. She worked as a technician for the ambulance service.
So our family has some experience with the medical field, and Angels in the ER is true to life. Prayers do make a difference. Get the book and read it. If you end up in the ER, it will give you confidence that you are well taken care of by a person that spent almost thirty years in school getting prepared for their profession. Gordon Gerick, author of Bungling Angel(kindle edition)
Each chapter is prefaced by an easily digestible passage from scripture, which forms the theme for the real-life stories that follow. This author doesn't inundate the reader with technical language, and writes with great compassion about all types of patients. Despite his obviously kind heart and keen skills, we see that he is definitely no pushover when it comes to dealing with 'patients' who attempt to abuse the ER system (something that had never occurred to me prior to this reading).
This book made me think about the children who suffer (and die) at the hands of irresponsible parenting, the lonely and ostracized folks who don't seem to have anywhere else to go, and the greatness of the people who dedicate their lives to the healing arts (psychological, physical, and spiritual). The book ends with one of the most moving accounts I've ever seen, about another doctor, who unfailingly and selflessly administers to a large/adoring clientele.
Overall, it's the kind of content that makes me want to be a better person myself.
As a connoisseur of medical biographies, it is without doubt, hard to find one that stands out. Oh, there is one written from a surgeons viewpoint, or the nurses viewpoint, or even the pediatric nurses viewpoint, but they are non the less, cookie cutter. They focus on what medical training has taken from them. They blow off steam regarding long hours, difficult cases and hard to work with staff. In fact, if you've read one, you've read them all.
Until Lesslie's book hit the market. How refreshing to read stories of patients told in a positive manner. How interesting to see Lesslie focusing on what patients taught him instead of the inconvenience they caused the ER. That's the difference when you operate with a strong belief system and live on faith. You look for the good things in life and view your job as a calling and not an inconvenience.
Not once did Lesslie complain. Instead, he recalled the meaning each situation brought to his life and expressed an appreciation for these opportunities. He writes with concise and accurate treatment scenarios causing the reader to feel like a fly on the wall, living, breathing, partaking of each patient Lesslie treats.
I am fascinated with the medical field. Maybe that's why I served for a short time in the ER and Radiology Department of the local medical center. I can assure you that Lesslie's descriptions are medically accurate, but more important than that, he shines a spiritual light that others are lacking. The chapter describing his experience following his fathers death is worth buying the book alone for. Incredible. Yet, cover to cover, he expresses the reality that God does not forsake the hurting. In fact, in some sense or another, he sends angels. Especially to the ER.
Dr. Lesslie is currently a co-owner and medical director of an urgent care facility yet he remembers vividly what his patients of over 25 years taught him. One of the most important was to believe in angels.
The doctor had a patient who was diagnosed with cancer while on a trip shortly after retiring. It was a good thing for the doctor to have the patient and his wife say they would be OK no matter what happened. Normally you would expect them to leave the ER extremely depressed.
This is not a book about angels as we normally think of them but angels we can meet every day. I thought it was interesting when the doctor was reflecting about how often he may miss the blessing he could get by being in a hurry and considering it and thinking things were inconveniences. This is something I am trying to use in my life.