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On Call: Three Doctors on the Front Lines Hardcover – June, 1994


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From Publishers Weekly

The doctors whose lives and careers are viewed here by Carpineto ( R.N. ) are unusual on several counts--gender, race, area of specialty--yet the author claims they are also typical of Boston doctors in their very breadth and variety. Among the three are Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, a black-skinned obstetrician-gynecologist; Barbara Jean Coopes, a white pediatric intensivist; and James Menzoian, a white male vascular surgeon. As highly motivated, intelligent teenagers from encouraging families, they single-mindedly pursued their dreams to become doctors. By following their individual paths the three arrived at inner-city hospitals and clinics; crushing schedules coupled with administrative and academic duties often harmed their private lives. Yet, though not as well paid as private practitioners, they seem to feel sufficiently compensated by warm patient/doctor relationships, the excellent medical resources of the Boston area and, as this book records, the fulfillment of their goals.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By tracing the daily lives of three dedicated physicians, Carpineto (R.N., LJ 1/92) reveals what today's daily practice of hospital and inner-city health clinic medicine is all about: operating rooms, delivery suites, doctor-patient-family communications, sickness and healing, life and death. She reveals the changing face of the medical practice, showing that there are more women and minorities than ever before and that an ever-growing number of socially driven medical problems-drugs and guns, for example-affect what a doctor sees. She also shows how the doctors' personal and professional lives intertwine. An epilog contains an interview in which the physicians present their views on healthcare reform, euthanasia, abortion, medical costs, paperwork, and other concerns. Much like B.D. Colen's O.R. (LJ 1/93) and Lisa Belkin's First, Do No Harm (LJ 1/93), this book is recommended for both lay and informed readers.
James Swanton, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine, New York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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