My Own Country: A Doctor's Story, Volume 496

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Vintage Books, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern American life. But when the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, a crisis that had once seemed an "urban problem" had arrived in the town to stay.
   
Working in Johnson City was Abraham Verghese, a young Indian doctor specializing in infectious diseases. Dr. Verghese became by necessity the local AIDS expert, soon besieged by a shocking number of male and female patients whose stories came to occupy his mind, and even take over his life. Verghese brought a singular perspective to Johnson City: as a doctor unique in his abilities; as an outsider who could talk to people suspicious of local practitioners; above all, as a writer of grace and compassion who saw that what was happening in this conservative community was both a medical and a spiritual emergency.
   
Out of his experience comes a startling but ultimately uplifting portrait of the American heartland as it confronts--and surmounts--its deepest prejudices and fears.
 

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User Review  - laytonwoman3rd - LibraryThing

Well-written, highly readable medical and personal memoir by an infectious disease specialist who became the primary care physician for AIDS patients in a rural Tennessee community just as the disease ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rascalstar - LibraryThing

Dr. Verghese writes movingly about his early work with HIV and AIDS patients, mostly in the early to mid 1980s, the years of discovery and fear and unscreened blood supplies. He moved his family to a ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
34
Section 3
47
Section 4
73
Section 5
107
Section 6
128
Section 7
144
Section 8
154
Section 17
299
Section 18
311
Section 19
322
Section 20
332
Section 21
343
Section 22
351
Section 23
356
Section 24
363

Section 9
176
Section 10
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Section 11
208
Section 12
220
Section 13
229
Section 14
232
Section 15
255
Section 16
275
Section 25
373
Section 26
380
Section 27
391
Section 28
404
Section 29
415
Section 30
425
Section 31
431
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About the author (1994)

Abraham Vergheseis Professor and Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, where he is now an adjunct professor. He is the author ofMy Own Country, a 1994 NBCC Finalist and aTimeBest Book of the Year, andThe Tennis Partner, aNew York TimesNotable Book. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he has published essays and short stories that have appeared inThe New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

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