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Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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Much in this book by Pam Belluck comes as a revelation. Some of it is fascinating; some of it is hilarious; and some of it is sad and very troubling. In Island Practice, Belluck has created a remarkable portrait of a physician and the island community to which he remains steadfastly devoted.”from the Foreword by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and The Last Stand
Pam Belluck has dissected the antics and heroism of a Nantucket doctor who doubles as the resident wizard. This physician not only makes house calls (even to tree-houses), but also invites patients to drop in at his house for treatment. If you suffer from Nantucket Feveror any other ill while on that islandDr. Tim Lepore is your man.”Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter
Through the improbable story of an eccentric and intensely creative Nantucket doctorthe man has operated with flints!Pam Belluck has crafted an elegant and wildly entertaining depiction of the struggle to maintain humanity and empathy in the face of health care ’s ongoing industrialization. A natural storyteller with a reporter’s eye for detail and a stand-up comic’s dry wit, Belluck leaves the reader with an urge to feign illness just to have an excuse to visit her subject. A truly wonderful read.”Warren St. John, author of Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer and Outcasts United
If you want to understand the real’ Nantucket, you must read Island Practice. Dr. Tim Lepore personifies the island’s fierce, quirky, and independent spirit. This is a book about an extraordinary mana doctor, yes, but also a community hero. His story is as engrossing as the best fiction . . . but it’s all true.”Elin Hilderbrand, author of Silver Girl and other novels
[An] absorbing debut. . . . An intriguing biography of a uniqueand on Nantucket, irreplaceabledoctor.”Kirkus
Page-turning prose. . . . Inspiring and entertaining, Lepore ’s story and his beloved island come to life in Belluck’s hands.”Publisher’s Weekly
A vibrant, throbbing, and sometimes painful book about life on an island and all the messiness that goes along with helping people through hard times if you’re the local doctor. . . . Island Practice is chock full of colorful anecdotes of island life, humor, empathy, color ful and sometimes X-rated medical emergencies, and the mundane that make up the life of a country, or island, doctor.”Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror
Funny, startling, and sobering by turns.”Columbus Dispatch
This is a riveting portrait of a dynamic, headstrong physician. Medical nonfiction fans will find much to enjoy. Lepore may remind readers of Dr. Paul Farmer from Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains.”Library Journal
Thank goodness for writers like Pam Belluck who, in Island Practice, presents Dr. Tim Lepore, a cross between Marcus Welby and Hawkeye Pierce of M*A*S*H fame. . . . Island Practice is a work of evocative imagery and human description. It is readable, captivating, and almost cautionary in its description of what we have lost in today’s world of medicine. Author Pam Belluck has integrated medical, personal, and family issues into a fascinating portrait of a remarkable man.”New York Journal of Books
[Belluck is] an energetic reporter who found in Lepore an irresistible subject.”New York Times Book Review
A fun profile of Nantucket’s gun-toting, marijuana-prescribing, house-call-making local doc.”People magazine
Throughout, Belluck’s prose is beautiful and lyrical . . . the Lepore she gives us is a fascinating character.”Boston Globe
Island Practice is a thorough dissection of a man doing his best to stand up to impersonal twenty-first-century medical practices. . . . What’s more, the book sketches a complex portrait of Nantucket itselfthe stuff you won’t see in Frommer’sthat makes you glad that at least one guy is ready for anything.”Minneapolis Star Tribune
[I]ntriguing cases handled by Lepore are described in the new book Island Practice, written by Pam Belluck, a New York Times health writer.”msnbc.com
New York Times writer Pam Belluck . . . clearly knew great material when she found it.”Nantucket Chronicle
Island Practice gives readers an inside look at the peculiar challenges of health care on the island while reflecting on those that all communities face.”Boston Globe’s White Coat Notes”
New York Times staff writer Belluck saw a story that begged to be told . . . readers who laugh out loud on a subway . . . should be warned ahead of time that it’s hard to stop laughing.”GateHouse News Service
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Top Customer Reviews
Pam Belluck captures the idiosyncrasies and quirkiness of Dr. Lepore while highlighting his brilliance, devotion to his craft (all of them) and most especially gives the reader ringside seats into the many life saving decisions he faces on a daily basis.
Dr. Lepore is a man like no other. He turns away no one, is willing to save a horse in the middle of the night, delivers babies, performs surgery, treats addicts and advocates for his patients that is unheard of in today's medical practices. I know this not only from reading the book, but also because he was my physician during my time on Nantucket.
I always knew him to be a fantastic physician but also a unique and quirky character. Now I know he has endless wells of compassion and will always fight for what is right for his patient.
He is second to no one and Nantucket is so very fortunate to call him their own.
I highly recommend Island Practice, as it captures island life very vividly while drawing the reader in to both the private and professional life of Dr. Lepore.
"You can't polish a meatball"...but you can enjoy it just the same. ;)
Since moving to Nantucket in 1983 with his understanding beyond belief wife Cathy, Lepore has treated Jimmy Buffett, Chris Matthews, and various Kennedy relatives, but he makes house calls for anyone and lets people pay him nothing--or anything: oatmeal raisin cookies, a weather-beaten .44 Magnum revolver, a picture of a Nepalese shaman.
"Cobblestone rash"? Belluck says it's an equal opportunity malady resulting from slipping or falling -- or stumbling drunk -- on Nantucket's picturesquely uneven streets. Related to this are moped accidents. Dr. Tim to the author: "I've told people if they want the moped experience they could just let me hit them with a bat and then go over them with a sander."
If you need an appendectomy, Lepore can do it with a stone scalpel he carved himself. If you have a condition nobody can diagnose--"creeping eruption" perhaps--he can identify what it is, and treat it. A baby with toe-tourniquet syndrome, a human leg that's washed ashore, a horse with Lyme disease, a narcoleptic falling face-first in the street, a hermit living underground -- hardly anything is off-limits for the 67-year-old physician who has a stuffed armadillo on display in his office.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Appealing true story of a kooky but very fine Doctor who takes care of Nantucketers and who is an amazing diagnostician!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful read, whether you know Nantucket or not. Don't visit the island without this fascinating book.Published 2 months ago by D. F. Dempster
This book was the biography of a quirky, brilliant physician practicing on the island of Nantucket. I enjoyed it very much, and could hardly put it down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rebecca calderwood
Book was in fine condition. Enjoyable read. Especially if you know anything about Nantucket - or medicine.Published 7 months ago by dukemac
This story was worthy of sharing but somehow the authors style made me crazy and I had to return the book after a few chapters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bookworm
Highly entertaining, great fun.Larry David must play Dr. Tim Lepore in the movie.Published 12 months ago by Mark Mendes
This book was recommended to me by a physician friend who thoroughly enjoyed it. I was not disappointed! The story was terrific. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 13 months ago by melotz
Very nice reading here.........good story, good plot, smooth reading.Published 16 months ago by Joan McCormack