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For two decades, Dr. Danielle Ofri has cared for patients at Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the country and a crossroads for the world's cultures. In Medicine in Translation, she introduces us, in vivid, moving portraits, to the patients she has known. They have braved language barriers, religious and racial divides, and the emotional and practical difficulties of exile in order to access quality health care. Sharing their journeys with them over the years, Danielle has witnessed some of their best and worst moments, and come to admire their resilience and courageous spirit.

Danielle introduces us to her patients: Samuel Nwanko, who was brutally attacked by a Nigerian cult in his homeland and is attempting to create a new life in America; Jade Collier, an Aussie who refuses to let a small thing like a wheelchair keep her from being a homegrown ambassador to New York City; Julia Barquero, a Guatemalan woman who migrated to the States to save her disabled son but cannot obtain the lifesaving heart transplant she needs because she is undocumented. We meet a young Muslim woman threatened at knifepoint for wearing her veil, and the spitfire Senora Estrella, one of Danielle's many Spanish-speaking patients, whose torrent of words helps seal Danielle's resolve to improve her own Spanish, an essential skill in today's urban hospitals. And so she, her husband, and their two young children and seventy-five-pound dog relocate to Costa Rica, where they discover potholes the size of their New York City apartment, a casual absence of street signs or even street names, tangy green-skinned limon dulce dangling in the playground, and sudden rains surging over the craggy edges of roadside ditches. Ultimately, Danielle experiences being a patient in a foreign country when she gives birth to their third child, a Costarricense girl.

With controversy over immigrants in our society escalating, and debate surrounding health-care reform becoming increasingly urgent, Ofri's riveting stories about her patients could not be more timely. Living and dying in the foreign country we call home, they have much to teach us about the American way, in sickness and in health.

Synopsis:

Danielle Ofri’s previous books are Singular Intimacies (Beacon / 7251-6 / $18.00 pb) and Incidental Findings (Beacon / 7267-7 / $15.00 pb). She is the editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review and lives in New York City.

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From a doctor Oliver Sacks has called a “born storyteller,” a riveting account of practicing medicine at a fast-paced urban hospital

 

For two decades, Dr. Danielle Ofri has cared for patients at Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the country and a crossroads for the world’s cultures. In Medicine in Translation she introduces us, in vivid, moving portraits, to her patients, who have braved language barriers, religious and racial divides, and the emotional and practical difficulties of exile in order to access quality health care. Living and dying in the foreign country we call home, they have much to teach us about the American way, in sickness and in health.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

“An intense book in which Danielle Ofri . . . chronicles the medical and personal histories of some of her most remarkable patients . . . A gifted storyteller, Ofri provides vivid details that bring readers right into the exam room with her. From a paraplegic New Zealander to an aging Chinese couple who must make difficult choices about how to treat their degenerative illnesses, these patients’ stories are not just poignant; they also give insight into the challenges of obtaining health care as an immigrant in the United States.”

—Sarah Halzack, Washington Post

 

“The stories will ring true with any nurses who struggle to understand and care for patients who in many ways remain elusively unknown.”

—Elizabeth Hanink, Working Nurse   

"Her vivid and moving prose enriches the mind and turns the heart. We are privileged to journey with her."

—Jerome Groopman, author of How Doctors Think 

"Danielle Ofri is a finely gifted writer, a born storyteller as well as a born physician."

—Oliver Sacks, MD, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

"Danielle Ofri stands observing at the crossroads of the remarkable lives that intersect at Bellevue. She is dogged, perceptive, unafraid, and willing to probe her own motives as well as those of others."

—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone and My Own Country

"Her writing tumbles forth with color and emotion. She demonstrates an ear for dialogue, a humility about the limits of her medical training, and an extraordinary capacity to be touched by human suffering."

—Jan Gardner, Boston Globe

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807073209
Subtitle:
Journeys with My Patients
Author:
Ofri, Danielle
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
Physicians - New York (State) - New York
Subject:
Ofri, Danielle
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Bellevue Hospital
Subject:
Medical - Physicians
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Professional Medical Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.7 x 5.7 x .9 in 1.0625 lb

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Product details 256 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807073209 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Danielle Ofri’s previous books are Singular Intimacies (Beacon / 7251-6 / $18.00 pb) and Incidental Findings (Beacon / 7267-7 / $15.00 pb). She is the editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review and lives in New York City.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , From a doctor Oliver Sacks has called a “born storyteller,” a riveting account of practicing medicine at a fast-paced urban hospital

 

For two decades, Dr. Danielle Ofri has cared for patients at Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the country and a crossroads for the world’s cultures. In Medicine in Translation she introduces us, in vivid, moving portraits, to her patients, who have braved language barriers, religious and racial divides, and the emotional and practical difficulties of exile in order to access quality health care. Living and dying in the foreign country we call home, they have much to teach us about the American way, in sickness and in health.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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