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No Apparent Distress : : a Doctor's Coming-Of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

Pearson, Rachel, 1983- Book - 2017 362.1 Pe 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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In medical charts, the term zN.A.D.y (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 zAll Are Welcome Here,y she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white.


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All aspiring physicians should read submitted by ellec on July 13, 2022, 5:27pm This book was a recommendation from a family friend who is a physician. Pearson does an outstanding job describing how doctors face systemic issues in medicine, such as the lack of care available for low income people and the privatization of hospitals. The narrative is compelling, and I would highly recommend this book to all aspiring physicians.

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New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Year Published: 2017
Description: 260 pages ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Medical students.
Medical education.
Health care rationing.
Personal Narratives.