No Apparent Distress

No Apparent Distress

A Doctor's Coming-of-age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

Book - 2017
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In medical charts, the term "N.A.D." (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America's medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor--and 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 patient's care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town's 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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780393249248
Branch Call Number: 362.1 P3186n 2017
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 25 cm


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PimaLib_AmyK Jan 04, 2018

I didn't get a chance to finish this but hope to get back to it. The author decided to go into a career as a doctor after working in an abortion clinic. She writes about how socioeconomic factors determine the kind of health care people receive and that doctors in training essentially "pract... Read More »

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