Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor’s Search for the Perfect Match

Amistad - Despite their being early in their relationship, she volunteered one of her own kidneys—and discovered that she was a match. Motivated by robert’s experience and her newfound knowledge, Vanessa became a nephrologist—a kidney doctor—and discovered far more about the realities of the specialty. Amistad.

Robert suffered from end-stage kidney disease, which required him to endure years of debilitating dialysis to stay alive, at least until his failed organ could be replaced by a kidney transplant. A young, even if it is life itself?when vanessa fell in love with robert, hopeful doctor’s memoir—an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine and kidney transplantation that ultimately asks: What does it mean to let go of something that you love, she had no idea that the relationship would thoroughly transform her life.

Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match - . Shaped by vanessa’s remarkable experiences as a doctor, a mother, a woman of color, an exposé, and a kidney donor, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers is a love story, and a clarion call for us all to consider the dualities of both loving and letting go. Although vanessa was a primary care doctor, she developed a deeper understanding of the difficulties Robert faced with dialysis and in finding a donor.

This life-affirming experience forged a bond that would become a pillar of Vanessa and Robert’s marriage—and the beginning of her new career.





Open Heart: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Basic Books - Basic. In open heart, westaby reflects on over 11, 000 surgeries, showing us why the procedures have never become routine and will never be. In gripping prose, he was struck by the quiet, one of the world's leading cardiac surgeons lays bare both the wonder and the horror of a life spent a heartbeat away from deathWhen Stephen Westaby witnessed a patient die on the table during open-heart surgery for the first time, determined way the surgeons walked away.

As he soon understood, this detachment is a crucial survival strategy in a profession where death is only a heartbeat away. With astonishing compassion, an expecting mother who refuses surgery unless the doctors let her pregnancy reach full term, he recounts harrowing and sometimes hopeful stories from his operating room: we meet a pulseless man who lives with an electric heart pump, and a baby who gets a heart transplant-only to die once it's in place.

Open Heart: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table - For readers of atul gawande's being mortal and of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Open Heart offers a soul-baring account of a life spent in constant confrontation with death.





Healing Children: A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine

Viking - In this inspiring memoir, Dr. Now, nearly forty years later, it is at the forefront of exhilarating new discoveries in everything from cancer research to mental health care. A national bestseller an “astounding and miraculous ” madeline levine medical memoir by one of our nation’s leading pediatric surgeons-- the visionary head of Children’s National Anyone who has seen a child recover from a wound or a broken bone knows that kids are made to heal.

Kurt newman draws from his long experience as a pediatric surgeon working at one of our nation’s top children’s hospitals to make the case that children are more than miniature adults. Through the story of his own career and of the brave kids he has treated over the years—and their equally brave and tenacious parents—he reveals the revolution that is taking place in pediatric medicine.

Healing Children: A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine - Dr. When he decided to become a pediatric surgeon, the field was in its infancy, struggling for esteem. Their bodies are more resilient, more adaptive, and far more able to withstand acute stress than adults’. Viking. Far too many find themselves frustrated and afraid. Newman wrote this book to help guide parents—not just of sick kids but of all kids —and to share his knowledge of what children need to thrive.





When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

Harper - With when death becomes life, joshua mezrich has performed the perfect core biopsy of transplantation—a clear and compelling account of the grueling daily work, the spell-binding history and the unsettling ethical issues that haunt this miraculous lifesaving treatment. Viking. Mezrich shares his gratitude and awe for the privilege of being part of this transformative exchange as the dead give their last breath of life to the living.

At the university of Wisconsin, Dr. Combining gentle sensitivity with scientific clarity, mezrich reflects on his calling as a doctor and introduces the modern pioneers who made transplantation a reality—maverick surgeons whose feats of imagination, bold vision, and daring risk taking generated techniques and practices that save millions of lives around the world.

Mezrich takes us inside the operating room and unlocks the wondrous process of transplant surgery, intense ballet requiring precise timing, and at times, breathtaking skill, a delicate, creative improvisation. After all, the donors are his patients, too. When death becomes life also engages in fascinating ethical and philosophical debates: how much risk should a healthy person be allowed to take to save someone she loves? Should a patient suffering from alcoholism receive a healthy liver? What defines death, Mezrich’s riveting book is a beautiful, and what role did organ transplantation play in that definition? The human story behind the most exceptional medicine of our time, poignant reminder that a life lost can also offer the hope of a new beginning.

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon - Mezrich's compassionate and honest voice, punctuated by a sharp and intelligent wit, render the enormous subject not just palatable but downright engrossing. Pauline chen, author of final exam: a surgeon’s reflections on mortality a gifted surgeon illuminates one of the most profound, awe-inspiring, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies, and deeply affecting achievements of modern day medicine—the movement of organs between bodies—in this exceptional work of death and life that takes its place besides Atul Gawande’s Complications, and Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think.





In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope

St. Martin's Press - She comes to understand the fatal flaws in her profession and in her own past actions as a physician. As she finds herself up against the same self-protective partitions she was trained to construct as a medical student and physician, she artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection. This transposition, coincidentally timed at the end of her medical training, instantly lays bare the vast chasm between the conventional practice of medicine and the stark reality of the prostrate patient.

Hauntingly perceptive and beautifully written, it allows the reader to transform alongside her, and watch what she discovers in our carefully cultivated, yet often misguided standard of care. She also achieves, through unflinching presence, a crystalline vision of a new and better possibility. Using her exceptional recall, Awdish fashions an elegant, yet urgent call to action.

In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope - At the same time, she presents physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for embracing the emotional bond between doctor and patient. In shock is a riveting first-hand account from a young critical care physician, who in the passage of a moment is transfigured into a dying patient. Basic. Viking. Shatteringly personal, and yet wholly universal, she offers a brave roadmap for anyone navigating illness.





This Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem

Schocken - But in the wake of a financial crisis at the hospital, with considerable regret, Waldman, left Hadassah in 2014 and returned to the United States. This narrow space is his poignant memoir of seven years that were filled with a deep sense of accomplishment but also with frustration when regional politics got in the way of his patients’ care, and with tension over the fine line he had to walk when the religious traditions of some of his patients’ families made it difficult for him to give those children the care he felt they deserved.

He had gone to medical school in Israel and spent time there as a teenager; now he was going to give something back to the land he loved. What he learned about himself, me’ah she’arim, about the complex country that he was now a part of, and about the brave and endearing children he cared for—whether they were from Rehavia, Ramallah, or Gaza City—will move and challenge readers everywhere.

. Viking. Basic. A memoir both bittersweet and inspiring by an american pediatric oncologist who spent seven years in Jerusalem treating children—Israeli Jews, and Christians, Muslims, and Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza—who had all been diagnosed with cancer. In 2007, a new york–based doctor in his mid-thirties, Elisha Waldman, was offered his dream job: attending physician at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center.

This Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem - Navigating the baffling israeli bureaucracy, waldman learned to be content with small victories: a young patient whose disease went into remission, the ever-present threat of full-scale war, and the cultural clashes that sometimes spilled into his clinic, brokenhearted parents whose final hours with their child were made meaningful and comforting.

Waldman also struggled with his own questions of identity and belief, and with the intractable conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that had become a fact of his daily life.





The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor: My Years at the CDC

Johns Hopkins University Press - With good humor and optimism, he recounts the various crises he surmounted, from threats of terrorist attacks to contentious congressional hearings and funding cuts. Giants in the field now include President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who promote programs aimed at neglected diseases. Foege. Dr. And the merck mectizan program has dramatically reduced river blindness in Africa.

Viking. Foege tells the stories of pivotal moments in public health, Reye syndrome, including the eradication of smallpox made possible due in part to Foege’s research and the discovery of Legionnaires’ disease, toxic shock syndrome, and HIV/AIDS. Foege has been involved in all of these efforts, among others, and he brings to this book the knowledge and wisdom derived from a long and accomplished career.

The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor: My Years at the CDC - In its seventy years, the centers for disease Control and Prevention CDC has evolved from a malaria control program to an institution dedicated to improving health for all people across the world. Melinda and bill gates have invigorated the field through research and direct program support, especially in the area of vaccine-preventable diseases.

In recent years, global public health initiatives have come from unanticipated sources. Basic. The fears of the rich, the needs of the Poor is an inviting but unvarnished account of that career and offers a plethora of lessons for those interested in public health.





Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

Picador - Viking. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions. Do no harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Basic. Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. Named a notable book of the year by the new york times book review and the washington postwhat is it like to be a brain surgeon? how does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, the harrowing disasters, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, the profoundly moving triumphs, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?With astonishing compassion and candor, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon’s life.





Lost in Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor

Whole Heart Publications - Written with self-effacing humor and warm authenticity, Lost in Transplantation seeks to touch that place in each of us that hopes to find meaning and purpose in our overlapping lives. From the back cover:one Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. Viking. What starts out as a single act of compassion turns into a four-year struggle peppered with a plethora of bureaucratic and personal obstacles and an unexpected conclusion.

She is generous, but she is no saint. Basic. Does this stop ellie from her quest to "be the change" one seeks in the world? Not a chance. Told with humor and self-reflection, this inspirational memoir of courage and compassion is interwoven with anecdotal stories that help the reader identify what kind of person commits the selfless act of organ donation.

Lost in Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor - Anne lamott meets nora ephron in this entertaining memoir of massage therapist and single mother Ellie's mission to donate a kidney to an ailing stranger. Ultimately, becoming a kidney donor has given her a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment. Lost in transplantation asserts that we are all capable of altering a human being's life for the better, including our own.

Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn't want a savior.





The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity. In january 2015, barbara lipska—a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness—was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. In the tradition of my stroke of insight and Brain on Fire, this powerful memoir recounts her ordeal and explains its unforgettable lessons about the brain and mind.

As a deadly cancer spread inside her brain, leading neuroscientist Barbara Lipska was plunged into madness—only to miraculously survive with her memories intact. But miraculously, just as her doctors figured out what was happening, the immunotherapy they had prescribed began to work. And she reveals what parts of us remain, even when so much else is gone.

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery - She explains how mental illness, brain injury, cognition, and age can change our behavior, personality, and memory. Basic. Just eight weeks after her nightmare began, Lipska returned to normal. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers.

She tells what it is like to experience these changes firsthand. In the neuroscientist who lost Her Mind, Lipska describes her extraordinary ordeal and its lessons about the mind and brain.





Life after the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers

Da Capo Lifelong Books - Steven Z. He offers advice on how to tackle the most difficult treatment decisions and discussions and shows readers how to choose treatments that help more than they hurt, stay consistent with their values and personal goals, and live as well as possible for as long as possible. Pantilat covers everything from the first steps after the diagnosis and finding the right caregiving and support, to planning your future so your loved ones don't have to.

Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. A renowned expert in palliative care, End Game, who is featured in the Netflix documentary, Dr. Da capo Lifelong Books. Dr. Basic. Pantilat delivers a compassionate and sensitive guide to living well with serious illness. In life after the Diagnosis, Dr. He makes sense of what doctors say, what they actually mean, and how to get the best information to help make the best medical decisions.

Life after the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers - Pantilat, a renowned international expert in palliative care demystifies the medical system for patients and their families. Viking.