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Rough sleepers / Tracy Kidder.

Kidder, Tracy, (author.).


When Jim O’Connell graduated from Harvard Medical School and was nearing the end of his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, the chief of medicine made a proposal: Would he defer a prestigious fellowship and spend a year helping to create an organization to bring health care to homeless citizens? Jim took the job because he felt he couldn’t refuse. But that year turned into his life’s calling. Tracy Kidder spent five years following Dr. O’Connell and his colleagues as they served their thousands of homeless patients. In this illuminating book we travel with O’Connell as he navigates the city, offering medical care, socks, soup, empathy, humor, and friendship to some of the city’s most endangered citizens. He emphasizes a style of medicine in which patients come first, joined with their providers in what he calls “a system of friends.” Much as he did with Paul Farmer in Mountains Beyond Mountains, Kidder explores how a small but dedicated group of people have changed countless lives by facing one of American society’s difficult problems instead of looking away.

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  • ISBN: 9781984801432
  • ISBN: 1984801430
  • Physical Description: xii, 298 pages : black & white illustration ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [287]-298).
Formatted Contents Note:
I. The Van -- II. The Art of Healing -- III. The Pantheon -- IV. Against Medical Advice -- V. Searching for Meaning -- VI. A System of Friends -- VII. The Night Watchman -- VIII. The Portrait Gallery.
Target Audience Note:
General Adult. Baker & Taylor.
Subject: O'Connell, James J. (James Joseph), 1948-
Boston (Mass.).
Homeless persons > Services for > Massachusetts > Boston.
Homeless persons > Services for
Homeless persons > Care > Massachusetts > Boston.
Homeless persons > Care.
Homelessness > Massachusetts > Boston.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes & Economic Disparity.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Genre: Informational works.

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