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Baby ER

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With "Baby ER," Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Humes tells the unforgettable story of wonder and hope that lies at medicine's cutting edge, where extraordinary healers and extraordinary patients come together to make miracles -- in a place where lives are held, literally, in the palms of doctors' hands. For the parents of sick and premature babies, some weighing less than a ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published November 28th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2000)
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Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the different branches of medicine this one must be both the most heart-breaking and most rewarding. I think it takes a special kind of courage to want to work with tiny babies and their very anxious parents knowing quite often that no matter what you do, the outcome is unlikely to be good, but you try anyway.
Sep 07, 2008 Grillables rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
A mix of stories is presented as the author spends some time in a NICU, but the neonatologists and nurses are all glowingly portrayed. It would have been nice to get a more balanced view of the NICU staff, but one can't really argue with the premise that they're doing amazing things with babies that only a couple of decades ago wouldn't have been considered viable.
Mar 05, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, medical
Great book about NICU in southern California. Gives some fascinating history about how premature baby care developed in France near the turn of the 20th century when the government was concerned about the high infant mortality rate and the declining birthrate. An entire generation was decimated by the Franco-Prussian war and a new supply of canon fodder would be needed.

In 1896 the first incubator was put on display with live babies at the World Exposition in Berlin. It was a big hit and became a
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Mar 16, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, healing
Babies. Tiny babies. Babies small enough to fit in your hand. Babies born to cocaine-using mothers. Babies born suddenly, too soon for the mother to schedule an abortion. Babies born in multiples, all too small. Intermingled with the stories of all the tiny babies are the stories of the doctors who work on the babies and of neonatalogy itself.

May 15, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book perfectly captures the NICU experience. I sobbed several times a I read this because Humes described the highs and lows so succinctly. I highly recommend this book for families that are or will be facing NICU time. I think it would be especially helpful for extended family members trying to understand what preemie parents are going through.
Sep 13, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really grabs you and takes you into the tiny, fragile lives of about six or eight babies, born too early to be healthy and "normal". After having Enoch in the NICU for four months, I found this book profoundly moving. I am SO grateful to the doctors and nurses who helped Enoch to "make it". This is a great read!
. Excellent I enjoyed this book and the in-depth care that these children require. I am happy that my children were healthy
Dec 30, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really good about an amazing place and people. Humes has written other good books as well.
Aug 20, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book - could hardly put it down!
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Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of nine books of nonfiction, most recently, Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for Americas Soul and Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream. His next book, "Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet," will be out next year."
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