In The Night Shift, Dr. Brian Goldman shares his experiences in the witching hours at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto. We meet the kinds of patients who walk into an E.R. after midnight: late-night revellers injured on their way home after last call, teens assaulted in the streets by other teens and a woman who punches another woman out of jealousy over a man. But Goldman also reveals the emotional, heartbreaking side of everyday E.R. visits: adult children forced to make life and death decisions about critically ill parents, victims of sexual assault, and mentally ill and homeless patients looking for understanding and a quick fix in the twenty-four-hour waiting room. Written with Goldman’s trademark honesty and with surprising humour, The Night Shift is also a frank look at many issues facing the medical profession today, and it offers a highly compelling inside view into an often shrouded world.
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ER Medicine: Professional and Human
Presents a wide ranging series of human issues faced in the ER, including also examples of tough technical decisions. Clearly this is written by a caring professional. As well Dr. Goldman's is not afraid to face up to errors that show up, like it or not, in every human endeavour.
One gets a sense of how things work during a shift including the effect of the roles, personalities and characters of both staff and patients. This is done through the discussion of real cases. A number of broader issues in medical practice are discussed along the way.
Well written, difficult to put down once started.
As a reader I felt I would be comfortable facing a medical emergency in Dr. Goldman's ER.
Great read on Canadian Emergency Medicine life
I have read a lot of books about life working in Emergency Medicine. This ranks as one of the best. Highly recommended as a summer read for new interns, as a break from textbooks.