In Shock

In Shock

My Journey From Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"A physician who suddenly became a dying patient - an exploration into the worlds of personal loss and faltering medical care. Dr. Rana Awdish never imagined that an emergency trip to the hospital would result in hemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn child. She spent months fighting for her life, enduring consecutive major surgeries and multiple overlapping organ failures. At each step of the way, she faced something even more unexpected: her fellow doctors' inability to truly see or acknowledge the pain of her loss and suffering. This emotional distance was completely at odds with the vision of medicine she had aspired to. Yet, heartbreakingly, she recognized herself in every failure - the product of a culture that had normalized clinical distance and hardwired self-protective barriers into medical training. As she finds herself on the other side of the same partitions she was trained to construct, Awdish illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection for everyone involved. It is through her examination of the fatal flaws in a well-intentioned but often-misguided standard of care that Awdish achieves a vision of a different and better possibility for us all. A road map for anyone navigating illness and presenting physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for cultivating emotional bonds with their patients. Dr. Rana Awdish is the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250119216
Branch Call Number: 610.92 AWD 2017
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 14, 2019

I loved this author’s writing- in places it’s just lyrical, beautifully written. I’ve bought a copy for myself after reading the library copy, and then bought a copy for my Aunt. I can’t recommend it enough!

Jan 14, 2019

This book is a gem. Beautifully written, almost poetic in places. It shines a light on the need for much improved communication/listening skills by Doctors. It's a gripping story full of pain, loss, second guessing and ultimately the intent to improve empathy in the medical profession in order to improve outcomes. A courageous and probably controversial book within the profession. You will no doubt be nodding your head if you have ever been in the ICU. And you might hope that your doctors have read this book if you find yourself in the ICU in the future.

If you like this book you might also like, Dying to Wake Up by Rajiv Parti, M.D.

JessicaGma Jun 06, 2018

An absolutely stunning and riveting memoir of a doctor who through her own illnesses discovers how their training really works against showing compassion to patients. Doctors are just people too and expecting superhuman things from them is not sensible. Definitely worth reading.

ArapahoeKati Jan 17, 2018

If you like "Grey's Anatomy" and almost-unbelievable medical dramas, try this! It's even more engaging because the patient is a doctor herself. One of the best medical memoirs I've ever read.

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