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Publisher's Summary

In her former career as an English professor, Theresa Brown had been shielded from the harsh reality of death. That all changed the day she decided to become an oncology nurse. In Critical Care, Theresa writes powerfully and honestly about her first year on the hospital floor. With great compassion and a disarming sense of humor, she shares the trials and triumphs of her patients and comes to realize that caring for a patient means much more than simply treating a disease. Deeply moving and, at times, sobering, Critical Care sheds light on the issues of mortality and meaning in our lives.

©2010 Theresa Brown (P)2016 Tantor

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"What Theresa Brown has managed to do with [ Critical Care] is precisely what the best of nurses do with their patients – focus always on the heart of what matters. I loved this book." (Pauline Chen, M.D., author of Final Exam)

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Excellent all the way around!

I read this book years ago and it was a real eye opener. I listened to it again as I have been a caretaker several times since then and I really appreciate the care given by the selfless nurses. The author is truly an example of how all nurses should treat their patient's.

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A revealing insight into a chemo nurse perspective

Having been a cancer patient and chemo recipient myself I found this book answering many of the questions I had about my angel nurses and their side of my treatment. All of my nurses, from the time of my diagnosis, surgery and chemo were kind, caring and supportive. This book was well written and the narrator was excellent. I love books written in the first person speaking the truth of their experiences and feelings of the events from their own perspective. I couldn't put it down.

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A vivid tour of an oncology ward told by a deft voice

People love to share stories. Take the time to listen to a considerate and consoling voice of the author. It holds wisdom from the perspective of someone who cares for people. It holds insight into this thing we call life. A treasure to cherish.

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Enlightening, riveting, profound

An amazing retelling of life and death stories by a nurse who is intelligent, so articulate and real.

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So interesting!

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I enjoy Theresa Brown's writing and the narration by Coleen Marlo was lovely. I would absolutely recommend.