No Apparent Distress by Rachel Pearson
A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

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On the whole, Pearson’s well-balanced book provides a smooth combination of personal history and patient care cases. Educative and thoughtful—important reading for patients and fellow medical professionals alike.
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A brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.


In medical charts, the term “N.A.D.” (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America’s medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor—and the poor suffer from their mistakes.


Rachel Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas. Pearson, herself from a working-class background, remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend, experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patient’s care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town’s medical system. In a free clinic where the motto is “All Are Welcome Here,” she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white. No Apparent Distress is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.

 

About Rachel Pearson

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Rachel Pearson, MD PhD, is a resident physician who also holds a PhD from the Institute for the Medical Humanities. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, the Guardian, and the Texas Observer. Danielle Barnum
 
Published May 9, 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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On the whole, Pearson’s well-balanced book provides a smooth combination of personal history and patient care cases. Educative and thoughtful—important reading for patients and fellow medical professionals alike.

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