Not All of Us are Saints: A Doctor's Journey with the Poor

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Macmillan, 1994 - Social Science - 259 pages
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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 Poor

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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 poor

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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

Contents

1 A DOCTORS JOURNEY
3
2 FIRST DAYS
25
3 WAR STORIES
42
4 TRAILBLAZING
60
5 BODY COUNTS
80
6 FAMILY MATTERS
104
7 VICTIMS OF VICTIMS
130
8 INVISIBLE WORLDS
146
9 AVOIDANCE
164
10 THE LIMITS OF CARE
189
11 POVERTY MEDICINE
205
12 CLINT WOODER
229
13 EPILOGUE
251
NOTES
257
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About the author (1994)

David Hilfiker, M.D., is the founder of Joseph's House in Washington, D. C., a community for homeless men with AIDS. He is the author of "Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen", "Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor's Journey with the Poor", and "Healing the Wounds: A Doctor Looks at His Work".

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