Bellevue Diary: Lights Within the Shadows

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iUniverse, Aug 16, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 132 pages

From its founding 1736, Bellevue Hospital has been a dumping ground into which a city poured its poor, elderly, and dying. What makes the oldest hospital in the United States unique is that Bellevue is a place from which no one in need is turned away.

Bellevue Diary is a collection of short stories borne out of Dr. Monif s year of internship that collectively pays tribute to this great hospital.

Bellevue Diary is mosaic of short snippets of stories. Mosaics have to be near perfect to work. Ironically, this one comes close. What is surprising that it works on multiple levels: a historical characterization of a place and time and the impact of the Bellevue Hospital on a young physicians professional and spiritual growth into which is woven a thesis of deaths ultimate meaning. The pieces all come together to make this mosaic good reading.

Peter Firchow, PhD
Former Professor of English University of Minnesota

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Gilles Monif, M.D. goes from Bellevue Hospital to the National Institutes of Health as a research fellow, and then to the University of Florida College of Medicine, and finally to Creighton University School of Medicine, He will achieve international recognition as a clinician, researcher, and educator in the area of infectious diseases that afflict women and their unborn babies. Currently, he resides in the Midwest with his wife and four children where he is president of a medical research company. In his life, A-3 cast a long shadow

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