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No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine: A Doctor's Coming-Of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine by [Rachel Pearson]
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Editorial Reviews


“Engrossing....Pearson’s vivid writing sometimes lulls you into the trance of a good story―character, voice, plot, conflict―but there’s always the sucker punch at the end to remind you of the gruesome endpoint of the American healthcare system....Her literary skill is apparent in her book. Her courage, honesty and doggedness are evident on every page.”
- Danielle Ofri, New York Times Book Review

“ of the better doctor-in-training books.”
- Booklist

“Educative and thoughtful....Pearson's inspired collective of illuminating clinical episodes immediately sparks to life....Eloquently and briskly written.”
- Kirkus

No Apparent Distress is filled with the moving stories of a medical student’s journey providing health care at the margins of American life. Rachel Pearson shines a spotlight on the brutal inequalities present within our healthcare system.”
- Damon Tweedy, MD, author of Black Man in a White Coat

“Rachel Pearson comes from a hard place. In her memoir, No Apparent Distress, she tells the story of a Texas hospital that has been flattened by a hurricane and is being rebuilt―literally rebuilt―around her and her colleagues while they pursue their medical training. Working at a clinic for the poor and uninsured teaches Pearson the empathy she will need to cultivate if she expects to act as an effective advocate for her patients. It also teaches her about the inequities and injustices of the American health care system, and the labor of love required of anyone who decides to pursue the practice of medicine in this country.”
- Judy Melinek, MD, and T. J. Mitchell, coauthors of the New York Times best-selling memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Rachel Pearson, MD, PhD, is a resident physician who also holds a PhD from the Institute for the Medical Humanities. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, the Guardian, the Texas Observer, and the New York Times Book Review. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 2348 KB
  • Publication Date : May 9, 2017
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 267 pages
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74 ratings