- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (Sept. 2 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554683920
- ISBN-13: 978-1554683925
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night Shift Paperback – Sep 2 2011
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“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)
About the Author
BRIAN GOLDMAN is an emergency physician at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital and the host of CBC Radio's award-winning program White Coat, Black Art. His inspiring yet bracingly honest TEDx talk about medical errors—which has been viewed on the Internet almost one million times—has cemented his reputation as one of his generation's keenest observers of the culture of modern medicine. The author of the acclaimed book The Night Shift, Dr. Goldman lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.
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Goldman describes a typical parade of patients, managing to hit on all the usual types of people who wander into an ER (and usefully explaining the terms behind their conditions and why they ended up that way). But along the way the narrative sidetracks looks at why ERs are backed up, why nurses do what they do, why doctors ask the same questions as nurses, why some patients are treated with more respect than others, and why every doctors both loves and hates their work. The discourses into specific illnesses (there's quite a bit about psychiatrics, for example) and the state of health care and big pharma all add to the story,
And it's a solidly written story. Goldman has his doctor career and his media career, and while he talks about that in the book, it's the narrative of the hospital ER itself that drives the book forward. The story is both readable and engrossing. I found myself laid on a couch over a weekend, listening to music and reading the entire book in two sittings, quite engrossed in the story. As one who's been there, I understand what he's talking about on both a professional and an emotional, personal level: doctors are a special breed, for the most part, and this starts to show why we do this job and find it hard to walk away at the end of a shift. I would imagine for those who don't understand the subject as much as I do, the book will be even more useful.
Overall, well written, informative, and full of little stories (both good and bad) that will engross. I really enjoyed reading The Night Shift.
I found at times that Goldman comes off conceited; however, he is not shy to admit the times when he was wrong or had made a mistake. I couldn't put the book down as Goldman again is very adept at telling stories of a true experience of an ER physician here in Canada
One thing I found to be somewhat off putting was his constant reference to how tired he is. Of course it can be tiring working at night and there are a lot of people who do, so to complain about the lack of energy seemed odd. He says he is working two full time jobs with his radio show getting a lot of his time as well. Perhaps it's too much having both on the go?
Aside from that it was a fantastic read and really a great reflection on the life of an ER doctor.
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