The Trauma ICU of a Level 1 trauma center is the setting for this thought-provoking novel, which reveals the ruthlessness of medical education and practice. James Fleming recounts a day in the life of a resident in emergency medicine at an urban teaching hospital. The novel's title, which translates loosely as I thirst, echoes the Christ of St. John. Tengo Sed's protagonist, however, known only as Hovercraft because he is always around, always feeling on edge, is not a savior but a hapless resident with a tendency toward mysticism. Through Hovercraft's sleep-deprived eyes we see patients and their families, doctors, and nurses, and we share Hovercraft's increasingly nightmarish perceptions of a world in which things are not going right.
What could go wrong?
Emergency room: urban desert hospital— meet a young ER intern nicknamed Hovercraft. He's thrown into a world about which he had no idea.
Written like a memoir, by an emergency room doctor in Albuquerque this novel doesn’t let up. Every time you think you know what really goes on in triage, the story will throw you for another loop.
This is like Michael Herr’s “Dispatches” for the medical set.
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