In Shock

In Shock

My Journey From Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope

Book - 2017
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"The gripping story of a physician who suddenly became a dying patient, and a riveting exploration into the worlds of personal loss and faltering medical care. Dr. Rana Awdish never imagined that an emergency trip to the hospital would result in hemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn child. Awdish spent months fighting for her life, enduring consecutive major surgeries and multiple overlapping organ failures. At each step of the way, Awdish faced something even more unexpected: her fellow doctors' inability to truly see or acknowledge the pain of loss and human suffering. This exacting emotional distance was completely at odds with the vision of medicine she had aspired to. Yet, heartbreakingly, she recognized herself in every failure--the product of a culture that had normalized clinical distance and hardwired self-protective barriers into medical training. As she finds herself on the other side of the same partitions she was trained to construct, Awdish artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection for everyone involved. It is through her unflinching examination of the fatal flaws in a well-intentioned but often-misguided standard of care that Awdish achieves a crystalline vision of a different and better possibility for us all. Shatteringly personal yet wholly universal, In Shock offers a brave road map for anyone navigating illness and presents physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for cultivating emotional bonds with their patients."--Jacket.
Introduction: A chance to die -- Bled white -- A hollowness -- Waiting to fail -- Sequestered words -- Increments and impediments -- Shifting frames -- Vulnerable masses -- Censors of light -- Revolutions -- Deliverance -- Relapse -- Broken vessels -- We can do better: communication tips.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250119216
Branch Call Number: 610.92 Aw21A 2017
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 22 cm


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JessicaGma Jun 06, 2018

An absolutely stunning and riveting memoir of a doctor who through her own illnesses discovers how their training really works against showing compassion to patients. Doctors are just people too and expecting superhuman things from them is not sensible. Definitely worth reading.

ArapahoeKati Jan 17, 2018

If you like "Grey's Anatomy" and almost-unbelievable medical dramas, try this! It's even more engaging because the patient is a doctor herself. One of the best medical memoirs I've ever read.


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