Author Event with Jay Baruch, "Tornado Of Life: A Doctor's Journey Through Constraints And Creativity In The ER"

Please join us as we welcome 

Dr. Jay Baruch

to Barrington Books

for a reading, discussion and signing of his new book,

Tornado Of Life:

A Doctor's Journey Throught Constraints And Creativity In The ER.

 

About the book:

Stories from the ER: a doctor shows how empathy, creativity, and imagination are the cornerstones of clinical care.

To be an emergency room doctor is to be a professional listener to stories. Each patient presents a story; finding the heart of that story is the doctor’s most critical task. More technology, more tests, and more data won’t work if doctors get the story wrong. Empathy, creativity, and imagination are the cornerstones of clinical care. In Tornado of Life, ER physician Jay Baruch offers a series of short, powerful, and affecting essays that capture the stories of ER patients in all their complexity and messiness.
 
Patients come to the ER with lives troubled by scales of misfortune that have little to do with disease or injury. ER doctors must be problem-finders before they are problem-solvers. Cheryl, for example, whose story is a chaos narrative of “and this happened, and then that happened, and then, and then and then and then,” tells Baruch she is "stuck in a tornado of life.” What will help her, and and what will help Mr. K., who seems like a textbook case of post-combat PTSD but turns out not to be? Baruch describes, among other things, the emergency of loneliness (invoking Chekhov, another doctor-writer); his own (frightening) experience as a patient; the patient who demanded a hug; and emergency medicine during COVID-19. These stories often end without closure or solutions. The patients are discharged into the world. But if they’re lucky, the doctor has listened to their stories as well as treated them.

 

About the author:

Jay Baruch, a practicing emergency room physician, is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the author of two award-winning short fiction collections, What's Left Out and Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers.

When: 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Where: 

Barrington Books, 184 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806

Books: 

Tornado of Life: A Doctor's Journey through Constraints and Creativity in the ER By Jay Baruch Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780262046978
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: The MIT Press - August 30th, 2022

 

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