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- Audible.com Release Date: February 5, 2013
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- Language: English
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Another unique aspect of the book is the listing of helpful information pertaining to the chapter immediately after it. Purists might balk at this unorthodox approach, arguing that such material should be relegated to the back of the book along with the citations and acknowledgements. This however, is Emergency Medicine where the need to act is acute, and one does not push off things to the end. If someone really needs to use the information listed, he has most likely made a great effort to even read the chapter and needs the information readily at hand. Other chapters may not be pertinent to him and it is unfair to make him rummage through the back of the book to search for what he may need. Furthermore, these sections are clearly demarcated by a different font and one can easily move to the next chapter without losing the narrative. If one however decides to linger over the material, there is good stuff in there even for the jaded professional.
This book should be required reading as part of all Medical School Curricula or in any form of training associated with the Health Profession. In these days of Impersonal Medicine fuelled by avarice and a push by most medical students towards the most lucrative specialities, it may be important to be reminded, that unlike many professions, the practice of Medicine is really about helping others.
If you live in an area of the country similar to Newark, and there are many such areas in Urban America, this book may help you deal with your problems. It may offer you some hope, realizing that there may be a way out, and there are resources you can turn to for help.
If you live anywhere else, you will learn about a part of the country you probably had no idea existed. It will give you something to think about when you are forced to make a detour through an area you would never venture into. It may even inspire you to want to do something about the problem. The costs of urban neglect are astronomical and are borne by the community at large, and so it makes good economic sense to do something about it.
This book will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you sad. It will make you mad. It will however warm your heart and perhaps inspire you. Every penny of the $25 dollars ( Much less if you get the book on Amazon) you invest, (not spend) will return more than you paid.
If you like the book, tell your friends and neighbors about it. Donate or circulate your copies. Lead book club discussions in your community and make sure your library and schools carry it.
If you hate the book, you probably hate kittens, puppies and babies and need a nice big hug to warm your heart.
Cyril D'Cruz MD.
The book is easy to read and very clear. The stories are fascinating. Real human lives and deaths, especially in the Inner City, are even more fascinating. Part memoir, part ethical testimony from a Christian framework this Wiccan could love, part political statement of why Inner City residents suffer and die early, gritty and gripping, part referral of resources and/or volunteer opportunies,
I read this in 1 1/2 sittings, necessary tasks and sleep ignored in the face of True Story--his book reaches mythical levels telling truths we too rarely hear. [Another brilliant MD with whom I worked in our Inner City clinic concluded the same causes and solutions as did Dr. Davis to Inner City blues.]
Read it and weep or read it and rejoice. Better yet, do both at the same time. You will be moved.