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Singular intimacies : becoming a doctor at Bellevue

Author: Danielle Ofri
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Singular Intimacies is the story of becoming a doctor by immersion at New York's Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country-and perhaps the most legendary. It is both the classic inner-city hospital and a unique amalgam of history, insanity, beauty, and intellect. When Danielle Ofri enters the doors of this 250-year-old institution as a tentative medical student, she is immediately plunged into the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal Narrative
Anecdotes
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Danielle Ofri
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Danielle Ofri
ISBN: 0807072516 0807072524 9780807072516 9780807072523
OCLC Number: 990519722
Description: 246 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Possessing her words --
Drawing blood --
AA battery --
Stuck --
Change of heart --
July 1st --
The professor of denial --
The burden of knowledge --
In charge --
Time of death, 3:27 A.M. --
Immunity --
Finding the person --
Positive --
M & M --
Intensive care --
Merced --
Possessing herwords.
Responsibility: DanielleOfri.

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Singular Intimacies is the story of becoming a doctor by immersion at New York's Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country-and perhaps the most legendary. It is both the classic inner-city hospital and a unique amalgam of history, insanity, beauty, and intellect. When Danielle Ofri enters the doors of this 250-year-old institution as a tentative medical student, she is immediately plunged into the teeming world of urban medicine : mysterious illnesses, patients speaking any one of a dozen languages, overworked interns devising audacious strategies to cope with the feverish intensity of a big-city hospital. Yet the emphasis of Singular Intimacies is not so much on the arduous hours in medical training (which certainly exist here) but on the evolution of an instinct for healing. In a hospital without the luxury of private physicians, where patients lack resources both financial and societal, where poverty and social strife are as much a part of the pathology as any microbe, it is the medical students and interns who are thrust into the searing intimacy that is the doctor-patient relationship. In each memorable chapter, Ofri's progress toward becoming an experienced healer introduces not just a patient in medical crisis but a human being with an intricate and compelling history. Ofri learns to navigate the tangled vulnerabilities of doctor and patient, not simply to battle the disease. In the tradition of Abraham Verghese and Atul Gawande, a gripping memoir of learning medicine in the trenches. Dr. Danielle Ofri is an attending physician in the medical clinic at Bellevue, with an academic appointment at NYU. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, and her essays have been published in over a dozen literary and medical journals; one chapter of this book was selected by Stephen Jay Gould for The Best American Essays of 2002 and received the Missouri Review Editor's Prize for Nonfiction. She is also associate chief editor of the award-winning textbook The Bellevue Guide toOutpatient Medicine.

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