Something for the Pain

Something for the Pain

One Doctor's Account of Life and Death in the ER

Book - 2008
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"It turns out there are all kinds of things about working in an ER that most of us haven't learned from TV or having sat in one. In Something for the Pain, Paul Austin--the ER doc you'd hope to get if something really bad happened--tells us, vividly and with uncommon candor, how, if you aren't careful, saving people's lives can make you sick."--Ted Conover, author of NewjackIn this eye-opening account of life in the ER, Paul Austin recalls how the daily grind of long, erratic shifts and endless hordes of patients with sad stories sent him down a path of bitterness and cynicism. His own life becomes Exhibit A, as he details the emotional detachment that estranges him from himself and his family. Gritty, powerful, and ultimately redemptive, Austin's memoir is a revealing glimpse into the fragility of compassion and sanity in the industrial setting of today's hospitals.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Co., [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780393065602
Branch Call Number: 616.025092 AUSTE
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 22 cm

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llherrn
Jul 09, 2015

A good read, especially if you are in health care. I could relate to many of his emotions, concerns and stressors of working in an ER. Gave a very human, personal insight of all that he experienced in both home & work life.

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Karen9
Apr 19, 2015

A vivid memoir of a doctor and his journey in Emergency (ER). It's a story that shows us the side we usually don't expect to see of a Doctor. Don't we all at one point in our life or still do, perceive doctors as individuals whom are successful, happy and save lives? Well this story reveals to you the truth. The journey to becoming a doctor may not be easy, the journey in a doctor is definitely not easy. The journey the author walks through in pre-med, medical school then his practicum was a tough one. Did he expect the aftermath to be worse? Don't we expect we work hard to ensure the future is easy? Yet, it only seems to be getting worse! This story makes the readers cringe, doubt, cry, and feel sympathy, yet it also brings to you a sense of comfort in realizing the true meaning of living. Sometimes we don't necessarily need to have everything we can get to acquire true happiness. Happiness may already be in front of us, we just don't see it yet. Change your perspective just a tiny bit and you'll see the bright light again. A interesting story and definitely changed my perspective of ER doctors! A good book to read. For those interested in medical sciences, or health related topics this is a recommended read. I admire the doctors in this world who do so much for everyone else. However, I admire everyone else as well, just because you're not a doctor doesn't mean you're not a successful individual, nor does it mean anything else. You're just as amazing as everyone else. The true meaning to life is finding our own definition of happiness!

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