By All Means, Resuscitate: A Memoir

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Xlibris Corporation LLC, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 342 pages
So many times have I worked on a dying patient frantically trying to breathe life into a lifeless body. And many times have I questioned myself, “Why don’t you give up?” The title of my memoir, “By All Means, Resuscitate,” says, “no matter the consequences or the effort required, keep my life going with the caveat: that my intellectual capacity not be impaired.” Though my life has not always been happy, it has been fascinating. Some of the high points of my story are: the closing of a circle beginning with the journey of my grandfather from Europe and my parents to the U.S. and my eventual "aliyah" to Israel. my Harvard Medical School education -- as the fourth brother in the family to be an M.D. my evolution from a ´double-talking physician hiding fatal cancer diagnoses from patients to a proponent of assisted suicide to the terminally ill (with a deep bow of humility to the occasional terminal prognosis that mysteriously reverses itself.) my courtship of my wife by playing duets, she on the violin, I, on the cello. my delight in my family -- two daughters (one now an M.D.) and a son (now a micro-biologist) and my anguish in not being able to save my other beautiful daughter, a manic-depressive, from suicide. my encouragement of -- and fear about -- my wife´s decision to heal her niece by donating a kidney to her. my fights against anti-Semitism and segregation in my small Pennsylvania town. the efforts of my wife and myself to save Russian Jews. our adaptation to life in Israel, including my often frustrating, sometimes comic, struggles to learn Hebrew, and our lives, and those of our children and grandchildren during the Gulf War -- and beyond ...

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
9
FROM THE MOLDAVIAN MOUNTAINS
21
ZEYDAWASACHASSID
38
BROTHER JERRY THE PACESETTER 4 5
45
BROTHER ALLEN A LIFE TOO SHORT
56
BROTHER BOB SO CLOSE AND SEPARATE
66
COUSIN SIDNEY NO PROBLEM
73
RAINA ITSAGIRLAND HEWEIGHS
80
MYTHREEG PS
201
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE
208
FUNDRAISING HAS ITS REWARDS
224
TAKING ROY FOR A SWIM
234
MY LIFES REFRAIN
241
GOING UP INTHE WORLD
253
WHATS IN A NAME?
274
THE FAMILYTREE SPROUTS
285

AMY
93
DANNYANDITEAMUP
107
A KINGDOM FOR A KIDNEY
125
ANATOMY OF A DOCTOR
137
DOWN WITH DOUBLETALKTO CANCER PATIENTS
148
GIANTS COME IN ALL SIZES
161
BETH ISRAEL ON THE OHIO
182
POLITICAL RABBINICS
297
HADASSAH MY OTHER FAMILY
307
THE CHAMOVITZ COLLECTION
313
INTO THE FRAY ON BEHALF OF REFUSENIKS
321
AFTERWORD
337
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