Not All of Us are Saints: A Doctor's Journey with the Poor
Dr. David Hilfiker's award-winning first book, Healing the Wounds, broke the silence surrounding the everyday practice of medicine and established him as a unique figure within the medical profession, "strikingly honest, courageous, and clear-sighted" (Oliver Sacks).
In 1983, Dr. Hilfiker took on the greatest challenge of his career: he left his practice in rural Minnesota, moved with his wife and three young children to an inner-city neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and entered the world of poverty medicine. Not All of Us Are Saints vividly depicts what it means for a physician to confront the health problems of ravaged ghetto communities, for a middle-class white man to face the stark contrasts between poverty and privilege, and for a human being to admit his own spiritual limitations.
Through dramatic accounts of his own cases, Dr. Hilfiker shows us a medical universe in which doctors are almost as powerless as their patients, where even the most commonplace medical solutions - bed rest, daily dosages, diet - are of little use to people without homes or family or food. This unflinching, deeply moving story is about the painful limits of care and caregivers, but it is also about the limitless rewards of faith and compassion - a moving testament to what is possible here and now.
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NOT ALL OF US ARE SAINTS: A Doctor's Journey with the PoorUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A powerful report of the experiences of a physician living and practicing medicine in the inner city. Hilfiker, whose previous book (Healing the Wounds, 1985) described his practice in rural Minnesota ... Read full review
Not all of us are saints: a doctor's journey with the poorUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Believing that poverty in our country is a matter of injustice and that justice is possible, Hilfiker (Healing the Wounds, LJ 11/ 1/85) gave up a private Minnesota practice in 1983 and moved his wife ... Read full review
1 A DOCTORS JOURNEY
2 FIRST DAYS
3 WAR STORIES
5 BODY COUNTS
6 FAMILY MATTERS
7 VICTIMS OF VICTIMS
8 INVISIBLE WORLDS
10 THE LIMITS OF CARE
11 POVERTY MEDICINE
12 CLINT WOODER
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Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor's Journey With the Poor
David Hilfiker, M.D.
Limited preview - 2004