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Carol Cassella

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in Dallas, Texas, The United States


My family and my patients are my most powerful influence.

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Carol Cassella, M.D. is a practicing physician and national bestselling author of two novels, Oxygen (2008) and Healer (2010), both published by Simon & Schuster and translated into more than a dozen languages. She majored in English Literature at Duke University and attended Baylor College of Medicine. Carol is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, and practiced primary care with a focus on cross cultural and underserved populations before becoming an anesthesiologist. Prior to writing fiction she wrote for the Global Health division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, covering their grant projects throughout the developing world. She is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist and Associate Editor of Mind to Mind, ...more

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“Tears of grief are unique. They contain chemicals that aren't found in the more mundane droplets of moisture that bathe the eyes, as if our tears wash us free of some noxious cause of sorrow. And tonight, after crying until I am empty, I have a rare glimpse of my own interior landscape - wounds piled like tiny skeletons into the reef of conscious adult life. I am aground amid my conquered traumas, stranded as a consequence of my achievements.”
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“Tears of grief are unique. They contain chemicals that aren't found in the more mundane droplets of moisture that bathe the eyes, as if our tears wash us free of some noxious cause of sorrow.”
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message 1: by Laura

Laura I thought Oxygen was a great book. I'm a nurse and your book might have saved my career. What I learned from your book was "nobody cares as much about my career and reputation as I do."
I liked how you didn't over-explain the medical stuff as I found it really annoying in Josh Bazell's "Beat the Reaper" (very obvious he was an intern.) I could also relate to the propensity to mull a case over and over until you think you know what really happened.
The plot twist at the end came totally unexpected to me, and I was sad that Dr. Heaton's romance ended, but as a plot device it was intriguing.
Can't wait for your next book!

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