The House of Hope and Fear: Life in a Big City Hospital (Hardcover)

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Audrey Young M.D. has written a moving insider's view of health care as delivered at Seattle's Harborview Hospital. She's a terrific storyteller who brings to life the dilemmas, problems, and successes of public care hospitals who also provide care for the insured. Stories of the providers and of the patients will haunt you. Info also on what you can do.



Critically acclaimed author Audrey Young offers a real-life Grey's Anatomy set in Seattle's big city hospital. Opening with the view of an idealistic young doctor entering her first post-graduate job at the local county hospital, The House of Hope and Fear explores not only the personal journey of one doctor's life and career, but also examines the health care system as a whole. The county hospital setting provides Audrey Young with a second education. With clear, eloquent text, the author chronicles attempts made to treat those tossed aside by society along with the personal and ideological shifts that accompany this daunting task. All of the hospital politics are detailed in a gripping account of the hospital's inner workings, and a human face is expertly given to the health care crisis in America.

About the Author

Dr. Audrey Young is on the medical school faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle and was a staff physician at Seattle s county hospital, Harborview Medical Center. She lives in Seattle."

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"Young is a gifted writer, and her prose is mesmerizing. She perfectly balances the details of breathtaking countryside with harsh medical realities to weave stories that capture one’s imagination and draw on fully in." —Journal of the American medical

Product Details
ISBN: 9781570615115
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication Date: July 14th, 2009
Pages: 256