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Recalling remarkable cases - and people - from a career launched in the first days of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Paul Seward leads us in his memoir through suspenseful diagnoses and explorations of anatomy. By his side, we learn to distinguish nursemaid's elbow from a true broken arm. We learn how our breathing and swallowing mechanisms resemble a practical joke. But when a baby's heart stops, and a young doctor forgets what to do, the situation is far from funny.

Within the conditions of great stress and rapid decision-making that are routine in the ER, Dr. Seward tells us that medical staff must be more than technicians of the body: They must be restorers of the human. Whether it is comforting anxious families or subjecting a distressed patient to tough procedures, they must learn the difficult work of caring for strangers. Throughout Patient Care, Dr. Seward reflects on how a life in medicine tests what it means to put ethics into practice.

©2018 Paul Seward, MD (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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very enjoyable

I fell in love with Dr. Seward while.listening to this. The narration was perfect. Bravo!

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Perfect

This book gives a clear picture of life in an emergency department and is worth your time! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Case studies that show we care...

An excellent exposition of various cases that have been treated by an ER physician, with failures as well as successes. Very well recounted, with good explanations and descriptions of the various team members.
Once again, the narration would be clipping along, procedures smoothly and completely described, then—SCREECH!! A mispronounced word or three destroys the ambiance! The narrator is not the only one to be blamed: the producer, and especially the technical advisor, should be rebuked also!
For the sake of all listeners, please- (PLEASE!) do some research on medical pronunciation!
The book itself, and the stories recounted, is excellent! Highly recommend!

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Shears midline?

Humility is a familiar leitmotif, a calm voice and approachable demeanor, even when describing a man who had an encounter with garden shears sticking ceremoniously out of the back of his neck (midpoint) from an attack by a man he worked with. From being punched---while inserting a Foley in a male patient---to helping close the file on a 22 year old comatose patient who sold street pharmaceuticals (pre-pipe attack), he shines. Somber.

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Interesting account of some of the more memorable cases that Dr. Seward handled during his career. My only beef is that it was a little on the brief side; I would have enjoyed hearing more of the stories that I know he has stored away.

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  • Jo Shap
  • 11-25-20

Loved this!

Brilliant production. Well narrated. Interesting chapters that could be stand alone short stories. Gripping stories. Will be enjoyed by medical professionals and amateurs alike. Wished it wouldn’t end.

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  • DEANVEGGY
  • 11-03-19

Superlative medical stories

Each chapter a mini detective story of diagnosis and treatment. Well written and with enough detail.