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The Night Shift

Real Life In The Heart Of The Er


OLA Evergreen Award

About the Book

Dr. Brian Goldman is both an emergency room physician at Mount Sinai and a prominent medical journalist. Never one to shy away from controversy, Goldman specializes in kicking open the doors to the medical establishment, revealing what really goes on behind the scenes -- and in the minds of doctors and nurses.

In The Night Shift, 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 ER 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 ER 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 offers a highly compelling inside view into an often shrouded world.

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Critical Praise

The Night Shift has many satisfactions. It offers a great deal to both the lay public and those inside the health professions who continue to benefit from Goldman’s honesty and curiosity.” —The Globe and Mail

“A wonderfully frank, highly informative and, most importantly, deeply humane exploration of one of medicine’s most challenging disciplines—emergency medicine.” —Dr. Vincent Lam, author of the Giller Prize-winning Bloodletting and Other Cures

“A jaw-dropping look at the remarkable world of emergency medicine. It’s sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreaking, but always, always uplifting.” —Terry O’Reilly, host of CBC Radio’s The Age of Persuasion and author of This I Know

“A wise and honest book that is also a very good read.” —Dr. Robert Buckman

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781554683918
  • ISBN 10: 1554683912
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 09/03/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 29.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: MEDICAL / Emergency Medicine

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