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Just here trying to save a few lives : tales of life and death from the ER / Pamela Grim.

By: Grim, Pamela.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, c2000Description: 306 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0446524239; 9780446524230.Subject(s): Grim, Pamela | Emergency physicians -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Biography | Hospitals -- Emergency servicesDDC classification: 616.02/5/092 | B LOC classification: RA975.5.E5 | G754 2000Summary: The author tells of her experiences working in American emergency rooms, often having to make split-second life-or-death decisions, discusses how burn-out drove her to join the international humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders, and shares stories of the appalling conditions she found in Bosnia, Nigeria, and Kosovo.
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The author tells of her experiences working in American emergency rooms, often having to make split-second life-or-death decisions, discusses how burn-out drove her to join the international humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders, and shares stories of the appalling conditions she found in Bosnia, Nigeria, and Kosovo.

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Adult/High School-In clear, crisp prose, Grim describes life in the ER, from the dull monotony of "documenting" charts to the rush of adrenaline and fear when a routine procedure becomes a race against death. On her first night on her first real job as a doctor in an ER, she delivered her first baby. Dr. Grim has seen it all-from teenagers with gunshot wounds and suicide victims addicted to drugs prescribed by negligent doctors to the stoic farmer's wife, with pain "like an elephant sitting on her chest," who just wants to go home and feed the cat. Needing a change, she volunteered for Medecins sans Frontieres and desperately tried to help Bosnian refugees survive a war and Nigerians fight a meningitis epidemic without the proper medical tools or supplies. She tried to ease the wracking pain of a Nigerian patient with tetanus with only a medical text written in 1964. In the war zone of a big city ER, Dr. Grim doesn't see the glamour and camaraderie portrayed on prime-time television. She sees doctors who are putting in time, doctors who are criminally negligent, and doctors who want out. Even she asks, "Do I want to spend the rest of my life with addicts and idiots and drunks and psychotics?" This is an eye-opening description of the ER for future health-care workers.-Jane S. Drabkin, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Pamela Grim, M.D., is an emergency room physician who has cared for patients in hospitals in the United States and around the world. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio

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