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The Resource The emergency : a year of healing and heartbreak in a Chicago ER, Thomas Fisher

The emergency : a year of healing and heartbreak in a Chicago ER, Thomas Fisher

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The emergency : a year of healing and heartbreak in a Chicago ER
Title
The emergency
Title remainder
a year of healing and heartbreak in a Chicago ER
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Fisher
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Thomas Fisher was raised on the South Side of Chicago and even as a kid understood how close death could feel -- he came from a family of pioneering doctors who believed in staying in the community, but on those streets he saw just how vulnerable Black bodies could be. Determined to follow his family's legacy, Fisher studied public health at Dartmouth and Harvard, then returned to the University of Chicago Medical School. As soon as he graduated, he began working in the ER that served his South Side community. Even as his career took him to stints at the White House, working on what would eventually become the Affordable Care Act and helping develop HMOs for underserved communities, he never gave up his ER rotations. He knew that to really understand healthcare disparities and medical needs, you had to stay close. The emergency room is designed for the most urgent cases, but it is often the first resort for South Side residents without any other choice. Fisher deals with those patients with necessary dispatch, but what he really wants to do is to spend his time helping them understand how it is they ended up in the ER -- talk to them about the role economics plays in their health; the history of healthcare for the poor and marginalized; why Black people in particular distrust the medical profession; why they don't have a personal physician; the effect of food deserts and education gaps on their health; and, most of all, why they live in a society that has deemed their bodies and lives as less important than others. In this book he gets to have those lost conversations. This is the story of a dramatic year in the life of the Chicago ER -- a year of an unprecedented pandemic and a ferocious epidemic of homicides -- interwoven with the primer in healthcare one doctor wishes he could give his patients. Full of day-to-day drama, heartbreaking stories, compelling personal narrative, and penetrating analysis of our most fundamental failure as a society, this is a page-turning and mind-opening work that will offer readers a fresh vision of healthcare as a foundation of social justice"--
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Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fisher, Thomas
Dewey number
362.1089/96073
Index
index present
LC call number
RA448.5.N4
LC item number
F57 2022
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Minorities
  • Social medicine
  • Discrimination in medical care
  • Equality
  • Hospitals
Target audience
adult
Label
The emergency : a year of healing and heartbreak in a Chicago ER, Thomas Fisher
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Ta-Nehisi Coates - February 2020 -- March 2020 -- Dear Janet -- November 2019 -- Dear Nicole -- May 2020 - Dear Robert -- July 4, 2020 -- Dear Dania -- August 2020 -- Dear Richard -- September 2020 -- Dear Ms. Favors -- November 2020 -- Dear Mom
Control code
on1255597580
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 254 pages
Isbn
9780593230671
Lccn
2021039073
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1255597580
Label
The emergency : a year of healing and heartbreak in a Chicago ER, Thomas Fisher
Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Ta-Nehisi Coates - February 2020 -- March 2020 -- Dear Janet -- November 2019 -- Dear Nicole -- May 2020 - Dear Robert -- July 4, 2020 -- Dear Dania -- August 2020 -- Dear Richard -- September 2020 -- Dear Ms. Favors -- November 2020 -- Dear Mom
Control code
on1255597580
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 254 pages
Isbn
9780593230671
Lccn
2021039073
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1255597580

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