Book Talk: Troubled Path to Broken Medicine by R. Sabol
Troubled Path to Broken Medicine offers a robust perspective on the practice of emergency medicine from a realistic standpoint.
The charge nurse receives the call from the paramedics. Two patients are on their way from an MVC: a big Chevy van rammed a Chevy S10 pickup truck. The drivers were loaded separately onto two rescue squads. Dr. Kirk Frei is about to have the worst shift in his ER career. A few short minutes after the paramedics called in, the ER doors burst open, and the first patient comes through, a young man in his early twenties who is breathing very slowly. Fully immobilized, he has an oral airway in place. Dr. Frei prepares for intubation when the nurse screams for his attention. The other driver just arrived, neck, arms, and legs were swollen twice beyond their normal size. Holy shit, Dr. Frei thinks to himself.
An hour and a half after, Dr. Frei walks outside to have a cigarette. He had saved a life and at least given a chance to another. Now it’s time to calm himself. It’s a nasty habit, the cigarette, but a necessity nonetheless. Especially during his short breaks from the continually demanding ER.
Going back inside, he faces another patient, this one extremely mad for having waited over an hour. The demographic sheet says he is unemployed and under Medicaid. He wants a prescription for his cough—an emergency in this shameless punk’s opinion. Dr. Frei gets more than his fair share of this kind of people. Non-emergent people who would brusquely demand to be attended immediately even placing those who are in critical condition second to their insistence. This kind of people will gladly file a lawsuit against people like Dr. Frei. A vast majority of the medical lawsuits were frivolous ones, with no medical merit but, once filed, meant somebody was going to get some money. Dr. Frei shakes his head in disgust.
Once upon a time, practicing medicine felt good to the soul—a noble profession. Over the years, however, people have abused the system, and the government basically allow it to happen without strict supervision. The system now makes Dr. Frei sick. Politics interferes from providing the best medical attention possible in ER. Non-physicians dictate physicians. How far will the government and these abusive people go to suffer the system and wring the passion out of doctors like Dr. Frei? As it turns out, things are about to get worst.
Dr. R. Sabol is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984 and has practiced emergency medicine since 1985. His book, Troubled Path to Broken Medicine, gives readers a realistic view of the world of emergency medicine. His writing is straightforward, and the medical jargon that peppers the story adds distinctiveness rather than a distraction. The shift from present to past experiences are fluid and provides more depth to the character of Dr. Kirk.
Reviews and What Readers Say
"This book was apparently written from a dedicated physician who wanted the best care for his ER patients. I enjoyed how he intermingled his life experience as a child growing up in a dysfunctional family and his work as a physician in an emergency room. I'm looking forward to a second book to hear about his life as a marine and his experience of getting thru med school."
— Amazon Client, Verified Purchase
"Great book with facts about our healthcare system and some insight on our favorite Doc. Thanks for sharing some of your personal life."
— Ral Brown, Amazon Client, Verified Purchase
" The character Kirk kept me coming back again and again to find out what was going to happen to him next. Gong back and forth between a Dr. working in an ER and his memories made the book feel like a movie."
— Amazon Client, Verified Purchase
" Clearly a dedicated and well educated doctor who actually cares for his patients. This book clearly defines what healthcare has become and its a sad situation. I love the way he integrated his past with his current life and situations. Cant wait for the next book, I will definitely buy!!"
— PCTNGIRL, Amazon Client, Verified Purchase
Reviewed by Amy Alcott
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Dr. R. Sabol is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984 and has practiced emergency medicine since 1985.