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The Least of These My Brethren: A Doctor's Story of Hope and Miracles in an Inner-City AIDS Ward

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ISBN-10: 0156005883
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest Books (May 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156005883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156005883
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Daniel Baxter's chronicle of his daily routine as a physician in an AIDS ward at Saint Clare's Hospital in New York City, one of the poorest broken down and inadequate facilities truly serving the "dregs of humanity" is one of the richest, most spiritual and compelling books I have read in recent years. I finished this book and have kept it in my mind in many weeks going over the truly profound truths and challenges Baxter presents in his own story. The Least of My Brethren is a multifaceted, complex chronicle that teaches far more than the most readers expect as they begin any new non-fiction book. I was captivated by The Least of My Brethren from the very start; awed by Baxter's ability to present an entire range of issues, at times separately and yet, all at once in other instances -- from the seemingly simple and unimportant issue of how to get a room cleaned up or a light bulb changed in a hospital with only the leanest of support services, and in the next breath, to be speaking quite articulately on issues such as AIDS, poverty, the tragedy and loneliness of human beings who have no one left in life who have not abandoned them, to the entire spectrum of human sexuality, to questions of philosophy of life and the meaning of death and back again to the more mundane insignificance of individuals, almost all terminally ill, breaking rules on smoking in hospitals and in public places. Baxter presents a story that is as much philosophy as it is medical science; as much sociology as it is gender studies, as much psychology as it is political science.Read more ›
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By A Customer on October 8, 1998
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For anyone who has struggled to understand the Beatitudes, this books provides a wonderful incarnation. The pages are filled with real people: smelly, surly, struggling and sensational. Don't miss the chance to live this experience as you turn each page. It's life-changing!
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I read this book about 6 months ago and, even though i've read many books since, it has stayed with me. While the author goes into detail about what life is like in an AIDS ward, this book is suprisingly not depressing. Sad, yes..definitely..but it says alot about the human spirit. Each of the patients described is an individul...everyone special in their own way; not some faceless AIDS patient. The courage and kindness of the doctors and nurses (esp. Sister Pascal) really comes through and you really do feel for each of the patients (even the ones who are not very sympathetic). I will remember this book for a long time.
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I had the wonderful pleasure to meet Dr. Baxter at a book party thrown by a mutual friend in New York. I had already read his fascinating book (through the recommendation of our shared friend) and was delighted to have the chance to meet such a selfless, caring man!

I learned that Dr. Baxter is currently living in Botswana, Africa teaching healthcare workers there how to treat HIV and AIDS patients (Botswana has the second highest rate of HIV infection in the world). The fact that he completely uprooted his life in the States to help others thousands of miles away is further testament to his compassionate spirit and good heart. I can only hope he writes another book detailing his experiences across the Atlantic. If it's anything like "The Least of These My Brethren," it should be a great, great read!

**As a side note, Dr. Baxter is indeed as verbose in person as his writing suggests, though his extensive vocabulary is anything but pretentious! His vast intellect and humble character were a delightful paradox!
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