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Internal medicine : a doctor's stories

by Holt, Terry,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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Out of the crucible of medical training, award-winning writer Terrence Holt shapes this stunning account of residency, the years-long ordeal in which doctors are made. "Amid all the mess and squalor of the hospital, with its blind random unraveling of lives," Internal Medicine finds the compassion from which doctors discover the strength to care.Holt's debut collection of short stories, In the Valley of the Kings, was praised by the New York Times Book Review as one of "those works of genius" that "will endure for as long as our hurt kind remains to require their truth." Now he returns with Internal Medicine--a work based on his own experiences as a physician-- offering an insider's access to the long night of the hospital, where the intricacies of medical technology confront the mysteries of the human spirit."A Sign of Weakness" takes us through a grueling nightlong vigil at the bedside of a dying woman. In her "small whimpering noises, rhythmic, paced almost to the beating of my heart," a doctor confronts his own helplessness, clinging "like a child to the thought of morning." In the unforgettable "Giving Bad News," we struggle with a man who maddeningly, terrifyingly refuses to remember his terminal diagnosis, forcing us to tell him, again and again, what we never should have wanted to tell him at all.At the bedside of a hospice patient dying in a house full of cursing parrots, in "The Surgical Mask," we reach the limits of what we are able to face in human suffering, in our own horror at what happens to our bodies as they die.In the psychiatric hospital of "Iron Maiden," a routine chest X-ray opens a window onto a nightmare vision of medieval torture and a recognition of how our mortality drives all of us to madness.In these four stories, and five others, Internal Medicine captures the doctor's struggle not only with sickness, suffering, and death but the fears and frailties each of us--patient and doctor alike--brings to the bedside. In a powerful alchemy of insight and compassion, Holt reveals how those vulnerabilities are the foundations of caring. Intensely realized, gently ironic, heartfelt and heartbreaking, Internal Medicine is an account of what it means to be a doctor, to be mortal, and to be human.
A sign of weakness
Giving bad news
The perfect code
When I was wrong
Heart failure
The surgical mask
Iron maiden
The grand inquisitor.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Nine linked stories reveal the emotional, cognitive, and professional transformation of Holt's doctor-narrator, beginning as an intern taking calls on his first night and concluding as a physician practicing medicine in a small community. What happens in between his three-year internal medicine residency is remarkable and haunting. Holt, a physician and accomplished writer, capably depicts the culture of medical training, the hospital universe, and the inner workings of medicine. He describes breaking bad news to patients, being perceived as weak when asking for help, and having trouble threshing out the truth. Some of the characters are heartbreaking: a middle-aged woman painter whose face is gobbled up by squamous cell cancer, and an elderly man with a broken neck who is successfully resuscitated following a cardiac arrest but never regains consciousness. Holt reflects on the bedlam, misery, emotional numbness, and need for selective amnesia during residency training. For doctors, caring too much is risky, but not caring enough is unforgivable. An unforgettable story collection.--Miksanek, Tony Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Writing to make sense of his medical residency, Holt, a fiction writer (In the Valley of the Kings) and geriatric specialist at the University of North Carolina, elegantly tells a more far-reaching tale of illness and healing in nine stories. Holt narrates through the voice of a young doctor-a composite figure, as are his "patients"-beginning with the frustrating case of a woman too claustrophobic to wear an oxygen mask and too ill to be without it, whose agonizing death teaches the doctor that no singular heroics are necessary. As a mentor advised, "There was nothing to do. But at least we could have done it together." There's also the heartrending story of a cancer-stricken artist in hospice, whose home full of exotic birds and oil portraits offers a rare gift, and the strange yet touching story of a patient who kept forgetting his fatal diagnosis, but would light up at the "few faces in the world he can still remember." Each exquisitely crafted and evocative tale reveals not only the power of Holt's storytelling, but the stark realization that for doctors and patients alike, it's our bodies that "remain the essential mystery we keep trying to solve." (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Holt, Terry.
Medicine -- Anecdotes.
Internal medicine -- Anecdotes.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2014
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xii, 273 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780871408754 (hardback)
0871408759 (hardback)
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