What an amazing story. A good doctor (an amazing talented writer) in a bad system. If more doctors were this involved with their patients well being we would have a much stronger medical system.
Well written examples of social stigmas and biases. An real eye opener.
Out of Dr. Verghese's experience comes a startling but ultimately uplifting portrait of the American heartland as it confronts and surmounts it deepest prejudices and fears. A very good read.
Abraham is an impassioned man of Indian descent and who grew up in Africa. He became a physician and worked in rural US in the beginning stages of the AIDS epidemic. He is now a professor at Stanford University Medical School, teaching the more relationship side of medicine. He continues to write.
By the author of CUTTING FOR STONE, this is Verghese's autobiography beginning when he had arrived in the U.S. from Ethiopia and India. It is a fascinating story of the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the States. In particular Verghese was located in rural Eastern Tennessee.
Although it sounds as if it must be a depressing book, in fact, it was wonderful. It was not a quick read as there was so much detail in it! But it WAS fascinating as the reader got to know Abraham's patients intimately. It was wonderful how much he loved them all and cared for them in a way that we all wish our doctors would care for us.
If you enjoy autobiography and you also are lucky enough to understand a bit of medicine, I think you will really enjoy this book.