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Books, Journals, New Media
April 26, 2000

StoriesThe Blood of Strangers: Stories From Emergency Medicine

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Frank Huyler, 154 pp, $19.95, ISBN 0-520-21863-9, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(16):2171-2172. doi:10.1001/jama.283.16.2171-JBK0426-5-1

One of my dictionaries defines stories as usually true but not necessarily so. Dr Huyler's "stories" are presented as nonfiction autobiographical sketches. Most are less than three pages long, and in my opinion the shorter ones are stronger than the longer ones, which blend two or three story lines. Although the title describes these as stories dealing with emergency medicine, some date from the author's days as a medical student and resident on various other hospital services, such as intensive care and pathology. In the latter, his study of suicide awakens memories of a tragedy in his own family.

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