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Publisher's Summary

Standing in the trauma room of an emergency department is like standing at ground zero of a nuclear reaction, only it's not radiation that is released - but stories. Stories that are told and retold, sometimes just until the end of the shift, but sometimes for decades.

A survivor of domestic violence makes it to the hospital but cannot trust anyone. An anonymous man passes away after being taken to the emergency room, and no one can identify him. The spouse of a cancer patient must decide whether to force her to undergo chemotherapy or to let her pass away in peace.

These stories - and all the rest in People of the ER - grapple with what it means to be human in the face of trauma and death.

Written by the author of Trauma Room Two, People of the ER delves deeper into the lives of the patients and staff that work in a small, rural emergency room.

©2017 Philip Allen Green (P)2017 Tantor

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Good..... but......

........ PLEASE, PLEASE.... Audible, this is not my first request: PLEASE either find narrators that know how to pronounce medical terms, or have a medical person listen to a book of this type before it goes into distribution!! Every time a word is mispronounced, it hard the listener to a mental stop, and is very, very unpleasant!
I have made this request in almost every book of this type I’d listened to, and after some years I still hear no improvement! Simple terms are terribly abused, and it really detracts from the listen!
The book itself, after a questionable start, picks up both steam and interest, and ends quite well.
As a medical person with both experience in ER’s and on the street as a paramedic, it pulled at my memories, and made me even want to renounce retirement and dive back into the fray- I do miss the work, but not the paperwork, which has gotten more onerous as the years have advanced.
Now, Audible: about the pronunciation of those words.........................



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Pioniot.

hard to believe that this was written by a physician. The stories are Unforgettable, the writing is articulate and almost poetic. it was a great read and I highly recommend it. I trust the author will write more.

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Narrators need to know their topic

There are few things more distracting than listening to a book with a medical topic and then be jarred by a glaring mispronunciation of a medical term. It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard! Please narrators, know your topic and ASK if you’re unsure about a pronunciation. There are probably hundreds of doctors out there like me who would be delighted to critique and advise. And producers out there—you shouldn’t release an audiobook without being certain there are major errors like this in the completed production.

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Recommend!

Awesome read! Raw yet heartfelt and vulnerable perspective of an ER doc. Definite recommendation for health care personnel.

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Accurate

Accurate portrayal of glimpses into the point-of-view of a provider in the ER of a rural hospital.

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Excellent Book

Loved every second of Dr. Green's books. Waiting for his next book to be published.

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For anyone working in the ER

I’ve worked in the ER for a little over six years, and I plan to be there for my entire nursing career. The ER is my second home and where I feel the most comfortable and at ease. This book captures similar thoughts and emotions I have intermittently had throughout my career. Many times I found myself nodding to a story and reflected on my own thoughts and biases.

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A beautiful second book about ER stories

There is an enormous power in stories - if they are told well and if they have a lesson and moral to it. Philip Allen Greene is a master at this! He has told the stories using his decades of experience, and through paying attention to his patients and their families and their circumstances as well as the social systems we operate within. The narrator has also done a fantastic job and lending a perfect voice to enable the stories to be told and listened. I really enjoyed this book and have many of the stories lingering in my head. Great work! Thank you for your service to humanity and for taking the time to write these stories.

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Not sure what this was.

I love medical memoirs, but this was half fiction, half fact and a lot of purple prose. The doctor speculates so much that it’s not a story of the people in the ER, it’s a story of his own imagination. I was disappointed.