No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine Author Rachel Pearson MD
ISBN-10 0393249247
ISBN-13 9780393249248
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk In medical charts the term N A D No Apparent Distress is used for patients who appear stable The phrase also aptly describes Americas medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged Medical students learn on the bodies of the poorand the poor suffer from their mistakes Rachel Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston Texas Pearson herself from a working class background remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patients care and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas towns medical system In a free clinic where the motto is All Are Welcome Here she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white No Apparent Distress is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctors coming of age

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