Jeremy's Reviews > Something for the Pain: One Doctor's Account of Life and Death in the ER

Something for the Pain by Paul Austin
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Mar 04, 09

Read in March, 2009

This is a really interesting, incredibly frank memoir of an ER doctor. He happens to be local; he works at Durham Regional. He's got an interesting background as southern Quaker, college dropout, fireman, and doctor (he went back to college). His book addresses his personal doubts and misgivings, the toll his work takes on his family, and, above all, his struggle to remain clinically impartial and humanely empathetic. It's very easy to read quickly, and the author does a nice job of painting memorable vignettes. Highly recommend.
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