I disagree with some conclusions, and some opinions are quite dated. I think I would have understood the work much more if I had a very strong foundatI disagree with some conclusions, and some opinions are quite dated. I think I would have understood the work much more if I had a very strong foundation in psychology....more
This is a good book to pick up for anyone interested in flight nursing, or any other part of healthcare: ER nurses and providers who take care of theThis is a good book to pick up for anyone interested in flight nursing, or any other part of healthcare: ER nurses and providers who take care of the patients flown in; therapists, religious leaders, or mental health professionals who take care of patients recovering from illness and trauma; perhaps even loved ones of people who do these jobs and want to understand what it's like. Of course, anyone just interested in healthcare or gruesome stories might enjoy it, too. It does help a little to have an understanding of medical terminology, but a glossary is included.
Here are the things I don't like, in ascending order of importance:
--there is a part where Hudson at least implies that people who are obese, smokers, drug/alcohol addicts, or very elderly don't deserve invasive and heroic life-saving procedures. The examples provided to illustrate this point didn't do a great job, to me. I consider this a personal opinion, and it is not included in why I took two stars off my rating. Still, it was alarming to read, and in the afterword for the second edition, I'd have liked to see this addressed.
--in general, there are grammatical and stylistic mistakes throughout the book. I don't know if they exist in the physical edition. It was enough to take me out of reading and confuse understanding. There was no real demarcation between stories, so it was hard to tell when one thought ended and another began. In fact, I'm not sure the book followed any sort of real organization at all. It wasn't linear, divided by theme, divided by story type...nothing.
--even if the dialogue were quoted word-for-word, it comes across as unnatural and stilted--like a first-time author trying to write realistic dialogue and, frankly, failing. See above point: it was enough that it took me out of reading.
--maybe because I read the bulk of it in a span of two days, but the book came across as pretty repetitive. I don't know that it helps to read so many stories of infants and young kids killed by drunk-driving parents, but I feel like those were chosen for the shock and sadness values rather than for any meaningful reason. Terms and procedures were explained multiple times, which seems even worse considering there's a glossary included. The book starts off engagingly, but the repetitiveness and overall lack of clear styling mentioned above creates a feeling of a mushy, unorganized middle (much like most of the patients described!), and an abrupt ending (I won't make an inappropriate joke about patients here).
Three stars is still an indication that I enjoyed the book, and I did. The problems didn't take away my enjoyment in an overwhelming sense. After all, this wasn't written to be deep or expansive. It's a quickly-read memoir meant for people who enjoy the work, or who are "trauma junkies" themselves....more