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Something for the pain : one doctor's account of life and death in the ER

by Austin, Paul, 1955-

Format: Print Book 2008
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction R154.A92 A3 2008
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Call Number  R154.A92 A3 2008
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"It turns out there are all kinds of things about working in an ER that most of us haven't learned from TV or having sat in one. In Something for the Pain, Paul Austin--the ER doc you'd hope to get if something really bad happened--tells us, vividly and with uncommon candor, how, if you aren't careful, saving people's lives can make you sick."--Ted Conover, author of NewjackIn this eye-opening account of life in the ER, Paul Austin recalls how the daily grind of long, erratic shifts and endless hordes of patients with sad stories sent him down a path of bitterness and cynicism. His own life becomes Exhibit A, as he details the emotional detachment that estranges him from himself and his family. Gritty, powerful, and ultimately redemptive, Austin's memoir is a revealing glimpse into the fragility of compassion and sanity in the industrial setting of today's hospitals.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "With a relentlessly honest look at modern emergency medicine, Austin, a former firefighter now living in Durham, N.C., writes in his debut book of his transformation to a highly capable ER doctor struggling to stay one jump ahead of death in the crowded critical care ward. The book begins deftly with Austin, a sleep-deprived physician, trying to avoid mistakes stemming from fatigue by relying on his instincts, frequently both skill and luck, to treat patients with gunshot wounds, brain tumors, asthma, heart ailments and general problems. In a narrative blur of flashbacks, he tells of his career as a firefighter before landing in medical school, which was followed by an internship at a local hospital and marriage to a lovely nurse and having a family. What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is the courageous measure of Austin's humanity in taking on the endless weight of suffering, and what he becomes to his co-workers, his patients, his family and his community. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Austin, Paul, -- 1955-
Emergency physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :W.W. Norton & Co.,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 297 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780393065602 (hardcover)
039306560X (hardcover)
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