No Apparent Distress

No Apparent Distress

by Rachel Pearson, M.D.

Overview:A brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.

In medical charts, the term “N.A.D.” (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America’s medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor—and the poor suffer from their mistakes.

Rachel Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas. Pearson, herself from a working-class background, remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend, experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patient’s care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town’s medical system. In a free clinic where the motto is “All Are Welcome Here,” she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white. No Apparent Distress is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.

Faith Bowers (08/25/17)): This is another youthful memoir describing life in medical school. Her first love is writing so it is no wonder that the book is really well written. The most important point is that medical doctor students learn on patients without insurance and that they do make mistakes. She worked hard and feels bad about her early mistakes and questions why the poor do no get the same chances as others for medical care. Her last year was while Market Place insurance became available but then she learned her medicine on the illegal aliens in Texas. The book brings up good questions about our current medical care system.
Rating: ***

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