Intensive Care: A Doctor’s Journey (eBook)

A journey through the inner world of medicine.

This eBook original from Beacon Press exhibits Danielle Ofri’s range and skill as a storyteller as well as her empathy and astuteness as a doctor. Her vivid prose brings the reader into bustling hospitals, tense exam rooms, and Ofri’s own life, giving an up-close look at the fast-paced, life-and-death drama of becoming a doctor. She tells of a teenager uncertain of his future who comes to the clinic with a stomach complaint but for whom Dr. Ofri sees that the most useful “treatment” she can offer him is SAT tutoring. She writes of a desperate struggle to communicate with a critically ill patient who only speaks Mandarin, of a doctor whose experience in the NICU leaves her paralyzed with PTSD, and of her own fears of making fatal errors. Through these stories, Intensive Care¬†offers poignant insight into the medical world, and into the hearts and minds of doctors and their patients. These stories are drawn from four of Ofri’s books.

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