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Marilyn McEntyre on We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

"Based on the true story of a girl whose single mother is paralyzed by polio, this novel offers readers an unusual opportunity to reflect on particular challenges of living with a person with disability--in this case a person of remarkable resourcefulness and determination."

Albert Howard Carter on In-Between Days: A Memoir about Living with Cancer by Teva Harrison

“The book’s range of topics and moods, its double-barreled and effective use of comics and prose, and its sensitivity to many factors in illness and treatment make this a highly recommended work.”


Russell Teagarden on The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

"Brockmeier suggests that everyone we encounter is experiencing pain and suffering in some way, and asks us to consider how we might react when we can have no doubt about it."

Lucy Bruell on Emergency Doctor by Lewis Goldfrank and Edward Ziegler

"In an era when many public hospitals have closed their doors, Bellevue preserves the safety net that allows all people, regardless of their life circumstances, to receive medical care and to be treated with dignity and respect. There is no better example of this than the Bellevue Emergency Department."

Russell Teagarden on Prescription for The Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations by Ezekiel Emanuel

This book reanimates a principle articulated back in 1925 by Dr. Francis Peabody: “For the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” The timing couldn’t have been better to put focus on patient care when health care payment debates attract all the attention otherwise.

Guy Glass on Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes

"James Rhodes is a British classical concert pianist who is known for his iconoclastic, pop-inspired performing style.  He is also an outspoken survivor of childhood sexual abuse who is equally frank about his struggles with severe mental illness."

Gabriel Redel-Traub on Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

"Oshinsky’s affection for Bellevue as an institution, for its physicians and for its hallowed place in the history of New York City shines throughout making the book both exciting and relevant for the modern reader."

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