No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine by Rachel Pearson

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Read No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine Online Free - 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.

No Apparent Distress is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.

Title : No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine
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ISBN : 0393249247
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Cheryl rated it ★★★☆☆

July 09, 2017

When Rachel Pearson was a medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, she was given the opportunity to work at the St. Vincent community clinic. Medical students who volunteered there were able to acquire “hands on” experience while working with poor, uninsured patient...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

October 25, 2017

I’d recommend this clear-eyed insider’s glimpse into American health care to readers of Lab Girl and surgeon Henry Marsh. Like Hope Jahren’s memoir, it’s a detailed and earnest story of finding a scientific vocation; like Marsh’s books, it has something of a confessional tone. Rachel Pearson is...

Ocean rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2017

as someone who's spent four years working with mentally ill homeless people, i relate strongly to the feeling that, to paraphrase the author, your life becomes unspeakable. the vast majority of the world can't handle these stories, but you need to let them out somewhere. where do they go? rachel...

Jamie rated it ★★★★★

March 06, 2017

I liked reading about a doctor and her journey through school and life and with her patients. I know I sometimes forget that doctors are humans with emotions. This is a good book for viewing doctors as humans who feel and do care about their patients.

Betty rated it ★★★★★

April 26, 2017

If you are deeply concerned about the plight of the poor in America—and, in particular, the roadblocks they face in getting even the smallest health care need met—then this is going to be an extremely difficult book for you to read. As I write this review,the date is currently January 23, 2017. Th...

Theresa rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 22, 2017

It boggles the mind that someone who wants to save lives begins her book with stories of abortions. She chose stories that may, to her, have shown compassion for a woman but, in reality, displayed a total lack of empathy and concern for the woman and especially for the babies. How can you go thro...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2017

Thought-provoking. New and relevant perspectives about healthcare in the United States.

Jill rated it ★★★★☆

July 18, 2017

Is health care a "human right"? If so, what does that mean in practice? In my profession in the social work field in a hospital, I see many of the injustices that Pearson writes about on a day-to-day basis. Luckily, the state I live in has expanded Medicaid to help many more people, so it's not qu...

Cheryl rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

A very timely telling of the terrors of today's medical opportunities to the less privileged. Through her schooling and clinic volunteering, Pearson experiences the heartbreak of having to let people suffer due to not having the right insurance to get them the needed care. Doing all she (and her...

Pam rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 2017

This book was beautifully written and kept me turning the pages way past my bedtime. The author was vulnerable without being overly confessional. The book was in a lot of ways just as political as it was personal, without ever hitting you over the head with its message. That said, I wish everyone...

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