A Doctor’s Odyssey

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In a time when medical dramas are all the rage, one loses sight of the reality of the health care profession. Not every crisis is solved in 60 minutes, and not every patient is a medical mystery. So reading a memoir like A Doctor’s Odyssey is a refreshing look at the inner workings of two different countries’ medical systems, from the point of view of a doctor growing into his field. Dr. Gregory Steinberg was born in France to American parents, and educated in Europe. He spent the first three years after graduating medical school working in general hospitals in England and Wales, before moving to New York City. There, he spent the next 18 years working at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, ending as the Associate Director of the Department of Medicine and holding the position of Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine.

In his memoir, Steinberg provides a wonderful view of the differences between the English and American systems of medicine, particularly useful during this political season with plenty of charges of “no European-style socialist medicine” being thrown about. Steinberg is honest about his fears and feelings as he begins his career and his interactions with other medical staff trying to make differences in people’s lives and health. He writes in a humorous and personable style that is easy and enjoyable to read, and captures the personalities of his co-workers and patients. This is an excellent slice of life view of a concerned physician, working his way up the ladder of a major hospital, while still focusing on bettering the lives of his patients. Sure it isn’t St. Elsewhere, Grey’s Anatomy, House or ER, but this is real, and that makes all the difference.

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Star Count 4/5
Format eBook
Page Count 146 pages
Publisher CreateSpace
Publish Date 03-May-2012
ISBN 9781470110291
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Issue October 2012
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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