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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions (Sept. 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864926766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864926760
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Destry on Dec 24 2012
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Canadians like to believe that we have the best health care system in the world....especially compared with out neighbour to the south. Read Julie Devaney's account of what she went through coping with a chronic illness. I would insist that it be manadory reading for students in medical school. Doctor/patient communication is discussed a lot. I have experienced some of the same insults to my body and psyche. Devaney is a very brave young woman. She exposed horrible institutional behaviour on the part of UBC as well as crises in the ER. You will not be able to put this book down. I was sorry when it ended. But Devaney turned lemons into lemon-aid. I'm so happy that she is now teaching medical professionals (doctors and nurses, in particular) what it feels like to be in the hospital bed, dependent and scared. Some docs need an attitude adjustment - big time. This book will help you deal with the medical world on your own terms.
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I think this is a book that all people should read --- not only individuals currently living with a chronic medical condition, but also medical professionals and any individual who has to ever make use of a medical system.

We often assume (or fool ourselves to believe) that the medical system is a well-oiled and properly-functioning machine, but what people often don't realize is that the system and its workers are subject to the same cultural factors that are present in all other social spaces/work environments. These include stereotypes, assumptions, emotions, desires, rejections, attractions, and egos/personalities.

Julie's book does a tremendous job at highlighting many of these factors in her detailed, interactive accounts of her medical visits, and we get a glimpse at precisely how different (and, more specifically: how traumatic, painful, and utterly dehumanizing) these visits can be.

As a person with IBS who has had to undergo many many colonoscopies: I give this five thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Mait on Oct. 28 2012
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This young woman went through hell, not just because of her medical condition. She was abused by our medical system, and the people that "said" they were there to help her. She survived, recovered, and persevered to be an amazing force in the reform of the Canadian Health Care System. I hope she makes it!
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