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Gabriel Redel-Traub on Sometimes Amazing Things Happen by Elizabeth Ford

"In Dr. Elizabeth Ford’s Sometimes Amazing Things Happen, Ford recounts her time spent on the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward. The memoir is as much about her own personal growth as it is about the daunting, yet crucial care she provides to one of the country’s most vulnerable populations, prison inmates from Riker’s Island"

Guy Glass on Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison

"It can be recommended not only to those who enjoy poetry or the work of Robert Lowell, but to anyone who wants to learn about the relationship between art and mental illness from one of the top experts in the field."

Russell Teagarden on An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal

"The title of this book, “An American Sickness,” refers to the author’s view that the costs people who require health care must bear in the U.S. causes its own sickness. "

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."

Albert Howard Carter on Attending Others: A Doctor's Education in Bodies and Words by Brian Volck

"Volck’s memoir describes his medical practice and learning in a variety of settings (Cleveland, Baltimore, Cincinnati), but, more importantly, in non-metropolitan places, such as Tuba City on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and rural clinics in Honduras."


Gretl Lam on Xanax Rainbow by Kelly Reemtsen

"Kelly Reemtsen is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores the roles of modern day women, particularly well-educated, professional women in America."

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."

Mona Saleh on Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks

"Written by successful Australian journalist Geraldine Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire recounts her experiences living among and working with Muslim women throughout her time as a correspondent in the Middle East."

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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