Medicine in Translation

For two decades, Dr. Danielle Ofri has cared for patients at Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the country and a crossroads for the world’s cultures. In Medicine in Translation she introduces us, in vivid, moving portraits, to her patients, who have braved language barriers, religious and racial divides, and the emotional and practical difficulties of exile in order to access quality health care. Living and dying in the foreign country we call home, they have much to teach us about the American way, in sickness and in health.


“A gifted storyteller,…Ofri describes how her patients’ histories stirred her to practice medicine more compassionately, inspired her with their hope and fortitude…”

Washington Post

“Timely, beautiful, and heartbreaking…. I shuddered while reading this book, I smiled, and I can’t wait for her next one.”

The Bookworm Sez

“Danielle Ofri’s new work presents the reader with artfully-controlled chaos. …Brisk, fast-paced, and organized with an eye both to variety and recurrence…”

Times Literary Supplement

“The threads of…Medicine in Translation, come together in a fascinating tapestry, with shimmers of what it is to be a physician, a mother, a writer and musician, a person with opinions trying to open herself to a world full of differences.”

Story Circle Book Reviews


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