A Pediatrician's Journal: Caring for Children in a Broken Medical System

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Beaufort Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 273 pages
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Award-winning pediatrician Dr. Brian G. Orr offers compelling evidence, gained through firsthand professional experience, that the health care system in the United States is broken and in need of change. His real-life stories of everyday families spanning the globe from Honduran villages to suburban Boston offers specific help and guidelines to getting the best medical care for your children in spite of the system in place. Practical and timely, this insider's expos? gives savvy parents the tools they need to take charge of their children's health.
 

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Contents

The Guy who Buried Caseys Ball
3
PreMed Eyeglasses and Jockstraps
9
Medical School Trimming the Weeds
15
Medical School Mr Big Farts
18
Medical School Diagnosis Fear
23
Bahamas The Wisdom of Dr Judy
28
Miracles
31
Internship A Lost Year
36
Insuranceless
146
So Absurd Its Funny
149
Doctors React
154
A Medical Exodus
158
EXPERIENCE IS A GREAT TEACHER
163
A Typical Visit
165
A Day in the Life of a Pediatrician
168
The Best Pediatric Lesson Kids of My Own
180

Diabetic
39
The Ectopic Leukemic
42
La Republica Dominicana
47
Roller Coaster
53
The Island of Navy Misfits
59
The Sane Minority
67
The Mother and Baby Doctor
74
Emergency
86
Arrivederci
94
The Mystery of a Mothers Love
99
My Last Military Assignment
105
A BROKEN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
109
Our System Is Broken
111
The Push for the Max
113
Good Samaritans
117
Medicine by the Numbers
120
Seventy Patients a Day
124
The Case for Immunization
129
The Move Toward Alternative Medicine
132
Medicine as Seen on TV
135
Sued
138
Street Medicine
143
Comedy in Practice
183
Managing Death with Dignity Respect and Love
186
Big Office Small Office
189
Kawasaki
192
New Mothers
196
Judging a Mothers Love
199
Nice to Meet You
204
Just Be There
207
Shaken
209
Smiles and Hugs
213
Another Special Patient
216
The Use of Abuse
219
Miracle in Mexico
222
A Scary Fever
233
Guatemala A Rainbow of Cultures
237
Hurricane Devastation in Honduras
246
Lessons from El Rancho Santa Fe
259
Humor is Better than Novocaine
262
What Makes it all Worthwhile
266
Afterword
270
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About the author (2006)

Dr. Brian G. Orr is a board-certified pediatrician who has practiced for over twenty-three years and currently practices at Cape Ann Pediatrics in Gloucester. Graduating from Georgetown Medical School in 1982, Dr. Orr has contributed to medical reports on Boston's CBS affiliate, CBS4, and has also been featured and profiled in prominent news outlets including The Boston Globe and NPR.

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