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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."

Albert Howard Carter on The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine by Charon, DasGupta, Hermann, Irvine, Marcus, Rivera Colón, Spencer and Spiegel

"This is a rich, important, and useful book. It is...refreshing and inspiring to consider human-to-human discourse that honors both patient and caregiver in relationships that are helpful to treatment."

Katie Grogan on States of Grace directed by Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman

"States of Grace follows Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering HIV/AIDS physician, as she navigates life following a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that leaves her severely physically disabled...The film tracks the far-reaching tendrils of trauma and offers a window into what those working in health care rarely get to see: what happens when the patient goes home."

Albert Howard Carter on Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D Vance

“Vance’s book is important for providing an intimate, specific, and thoughtful description and analysis of his society, a hidden pocket of America.”

Russell Teagarden on Manchester by the Sea directed by Kenneth Lonergan

"In the midst of profound suffering from unrelenting sadness and hopelessness, we often turn to novels, poems, movies, art, and music for catharsis and empathy...There are times, however, when relief remains out of reach."

Martin Kohn on Dothead by Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar is a writer and physician and poet Laureate of Ohio.  Dothead is Majmudar’s 3rd collection of poetry. Front and center in his poems is the issue of identity.

Russell Teagarden on The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey

"The author, Samantha Harvey, imagines what it could be like to experience Alzheimer’s dementia from its early stages to the time when there is nothing much left of memories or cognition. She also imagines what it could be like to perceive the onset and progression of one’s own dementia and to intellectualize it."

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  • 2695 Literature Annotations
  • 257 Performing Art Annotations
  • 94 Artists
  • 1725 Authors
  • 140 Keywords