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Author: M.D. Grim Pamela
ISBN13: 978-0446524230
Title: Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives: Tales of Life and Death from the Er
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Language: English
Category: Professionals and Academics
Publisher: Grand Central Pub; First Edition edition (July 1, 2000)
Pages: 306

Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives: Tales of Life and Death from the Er by M.D. Grim Pamela

Pamela Grim is an emergency room doctor who sometimes goes on forays into Third World countries to practice medicine there as well. There has been a spike in the number of doctors writing books (I think we can blame the popularity of ER for thi., and while all interesting, they are often not particularly well-written. Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives is an exception to this rule  . I thought this was an interesting book about the life of a Doctor usually not seen by the patient. There were a few parts that seemed to drag but in all I enjoyed the book.

About book: An emergency medicine physician for nearly a decade, Dr. Pamela Grim has delivered babies, treated heart attacks, saved car accident victims, comforted the dying, and consoled the living who were left behind. She has worked all over the world, caring for victims of gang life in America's inner cities, victims of the war in Bosnia, poverty-stricken patients in Nigeria, and bank presidents in the United States. Relating these rich and varied experiences with compelling prose, Dr. Grim takes readers into the .

Toward the end of Just Here Trying To Save A Few Lives, Dr. Pamela Grim briefly likens working in an emergency room to lifting a rock in a sunny meadow and looking at the creatures crawling underneath. Grim's stories are gripping, urgent, and shocking, but her straightforward candor makes the most unbelievable situations inescapably real.

Grim's ER tales are fast-paced, clearsighted, and seem to me to be brutally honest and self-reflective. This book sheds new light on the real ER and dims my view of the television ER. I look forward to more from Dr. Grim.

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The book centers, however, on life in an American emergency department, as Grim remembers it from the vantage point of Africa (where she does eventually become nostalgic for well-stocked supply cupboards and a more comprehensible chaos). She organizes her stories into a series of "Lessons in Emergency Medicine," in which she addresses the reader directly. by Pamela Grim. Similarly, her tales of attempting to treat war victims under impossible conditions are brutally realistic. While a weary Grim ponders the possibility of taking up the serene practice of boutique medicine (. doing hair transplants and skin peels), at story’s end her medical future remains unclear. Readers can only hope she doesn’t stop writing. Forget the made-up medical dramas on television; this is the real thing-gripping, powerful, and memorable. Pub Date: July 19th, 2000. byPamela Grim.

A physician shares her experiences in the emergency room, providing an inside look at what it takes to make split-second, life-and-death decisions in a busy ER
Reviews: 7
First off, if you are looking for a book about reality in the emergency room, and are seeking an exciting one-on-one account between doctor and life-and-death situations, then this book is definitely for you.

This is a great book, fast-paced, authentic, and thrilling. The author, emergency room doctor Pamela Grimm, demonstrates excellent writing skills and seems to instinctively know when to rev up the pace and when to slow it down.

There are some added features as well, as related in Dr. Grimm's experiences as a participant in "Doctors Without Borders."

But the meat of this book is her adventures in the emergency room. She successfully portrays both the heartbreaking and the heartwarming in a fast-paced, suspenseful style.

One of the events that sticks out in my mind from this book: how cops and emergency room doctors share the ER and get to know each other very well, since both professions are there a lot. And then when one cop who is her friend, Mike, gets brought into the ER as DOA, she is horrified badly enough. But immediately afterwards the one who shot and killed the cop is brought into the ER, also with gunshot wounds. So here Dr. Grimm finds herself in a situation: she must save the life of the creep who shot and murdered her friend.

I highly recommend this book. If you enjoy exciting, real-life ER non-fiction books, try "Just Here Trying to Save a Few Lives."
The ninth circle of hell in this autobiography of emergency room physician Pamela Grim is the South Side of Chicago. When she burns out trying to heal the unceasing stream of addicts, assault victims, and alcoholics who flood into her emergency room, she joins Médecins sans Frontières and descends even further into what might be the modern tenth and eleventh circles of hell: Bosnia in the depths of war and genocide; and Africa during a meningitis epidemic.
Grim, indeed. This is not a book to read if you're already feeling depressed. I thought I wouldn't have a problem with this story because I'd been watching that interesting and horrifying bit of reality T.V. called, "Trauma: Life in the E.R." Now I realize that even though 'Trauma' viewers see everything from surgeons rooting around in a gunshot victim's intestines to ER physicians trying to save an eyeball that has popped out of an accident victim's head, reality T.V. doesn't come close to Dr. Grim's reality.
Some of her saddest cases, in Chicago at least, involve babies born to cocaine-addicted, alcoholic mothers who don't come into contact with a physician until they're giving birth. Babies in America aren't usually born in an emergency room--except when Dr. Grim happens to be moonlighting in a hospital that doesn't have an obstetrician on site, or when the mother is wheeled into ER with two bullets through her brain. In one of the most gruesome episodes in this book, she assists in the birth of an anencephalic baby: "There was a rivulet of fluid, and then this 'thing' slithered out onto the cart..."
Never mind. At least the babies in Chicago don't die of tetanus like they still do in Africa. In her preface to the chapter, "How to Treat Tetanus," Dr. Grim quotes from the Qu' aran:
Also a sign for them is that we bear their progeny on the laden ship. / If we will, we drown them, / and there is no helper for them/ nor are they saved, unless as a mercy from us...
There is very little mercy in this chapter about a Nigerian police officer who dies of a treatable, preventable disease that Dr. Grim never experienced in all of her years in Chicago. She does what she can for the man, scrounging medicine from her meningitis cases, taping "TOUCH THIS IV AND YOU DIE" to the man's IV, even transporting him from the Médecins sans Frontières field clinic to a 'tetanus hospital' ten miles away. The so-called 'hospital' had no medicine, no beds, not even a dark, quiet place for him to die. Some of the author's most poignant musings occur while she is travelling with the dying man. She thinks about the equipment, techniques, and medicine that would have been able to treat this man in America--even on the South Side of Chicago.
This is a profoundly moving book.
I love it!
Being A Med student contemplating a career in Emergency Medicine I thought this book might be an interesting piece to read. However, to my great disappointment I came across a manifest of self pity, depression and psychosocial babble of a bitter, unsatisfied self-righteous doctor. This book contains chapters about the authors experience in the ER which are sometimes interesting but mostly depressing - there is a limit to how many times the author can write about the alcoholic and drug addicts which turn up in the ER before the reader thinks to himself - haven't I been in this chapter before? Other chapters deal with the Author's journeys with medical assistance groups to Nigeria and Bosnia and those chapters as well contain too much of the authors trial to cope with political and social factors she obviously hasn't the slightest clue about (and to her behalf she admits so herself). I'm not saying there aren't any interesting parts in the book - for example her experiences as a new resident, but all in all this book is at the opposite end of the TV series ER - there everything is fast paced and exciting and here everything bleak and dreary. Not a good book for an aspiring Doctor.
After enjoying Dr. Grim's articles in Discover magazine, I couldn't wait to read her debut novel. I was not disappointed. Although graphic and gut wrenching, it's a true page turner. A must read for anyone interested in emergency medicine. This book sheds new light on the real ER and dims my view of the television ER. I look forward to more from Dr. Grim.
Interesting experiences as a team member of Doctors without Borders. Makes you look at US Healthcare in a different light.
I teach English in a medical magnet program for high school students wanting careers in medicine. This is just the sort of book from which I can pull thought-provoking excerpts. It's perfect for our purposes.
I could not put this book down. Dr. Grim takes you on an emotional journey through years of emergency medicine. The best part is her explanation of why she became a doctor to a group of med students. Great write and great read.