The Night Shift

The Night Shift

Real Life in the Heart of the E.R

Book - 2010
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Dr. Brian Goldman is both an emergency room physician at Mount Sinai and a prominent medical journalist. Never one to shy away from controversy, Goldman specializes in kicking open the doors to the medical establishment, revealing what really goes on behind the scenes -- and in the minds of doctors and nurses.

In The Night Shift, Goldman shares his experiences in the witching hours at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto. We meet the kinds of patients who walk into an ER after midnight: late-night revellers injured on their way home after last call, teens assaulted in the streets by other teens and a woman who punches another woman out of jealousy over a man. But Goldman also reveals the emotional, heartbreaking side of everyday ER visits: adult children forced to make life and death decisions about critically ill parents, victims of sexual assault, and mentally ill and homeless patients looking for understanding and a quick fix in the twenty-four-hour waiting room. Written with Goldman's trademark honesty and with surprising humour, The Night Shift is also a frank look at many issues facing the medical profession today, and offers a highly compelling inside view into an often shrouded world.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2010.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781554683918
1554683912
Characteristics: xii, 263 p.

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indikaursidhu
Feb 06, 2013

I've already recommended this book to a friend, new grad from Kwantlen and working ER . Wow . the hospitals in the book, are also online. facebook, etc. ;o)

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Pisinga
Oct 28, 2012

Sometimes he is contradicting himself. Unfortunately we see that many doctors work in function to earn more money and not in function to heal people. And that can not be acceptable and can not be the norm (specially in this kind of work), as the very essence of healing can not be taken as a way to achieve monetary wealth. I agree that this book should be read by medical professionals.

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hajt3
Jul 14, 2012

realistic, informative, entertaining

tamcsa Mar 16, 2012

Goldman has worked as an emergency room Doctor at Mt Sinai Hospital since 1984. He is also host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art. His book is a combination of stories based on patients he has treated and interesting information relating to medicine and life in the E.R. His goal is to demystify the world of medicine. The book keeps the reader’s interest and flows well. Informative and enjoyable. Reviewed by DS

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

Dr Brian Goldman of CBC Radio’s ‘White Coat, Black Art’ takes the reader through a regular 12 hour night shift in the Emergency Room of a large hospital in Anywhere, Ontario.

All the patients’ and physicians’ stories are based on true cases; the names and circumstances have been changed to protect the guilty and the innocent. Goldman has taken cases from colleagues and from his own 20 plus years spent working the night shift at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. He takes us behind the emergency room doors and shows us what really happens in the struggle between life and death. A fascinating look at the Canadian medical scene, both the good and the bad; with an authoritative glimpse into the future for anyone who has ever been, or has yet to be, a patient in the Emergency Room.

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fleuve0styx
Aug 10, 2011

Includes some stories that regular White Coat Black Art (on CBC radio) listeners will recognize, as they were discussed there as well.

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21288004246712
Mar 01, 2011

A dedicated and compassionate doctor, hopefully there are many more like him in the medical profession

smc01 Feb 27, 2011

Anyone who enjoys listening to Brian Goldman on CBC Radio will enjoy this book. Its tone is very similar to his program "White Coat, Black Art." It provides insight into how an ER operates, along with a chance to get to know Goldman better. I can only hope that when I need an ER doctor, he has the dedication and compassion of this experienced doctor.

kpalichuk Oct 04, 2010

Anecdotes mixed with statistics.

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Tags: non-fiction, medicine, Canadian non-fiction, memoirs
Review: Goldman has worked as an emergency room Doctor at Mt Sinai Hospital since 1984. He is also host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art. His book is a combination of stories based on patients he has treated and interesting information relating to medicine and life in the E.R. His goal is to demystify the world of medicine. The book keeps the reader’s interest and flows well. Informative and enjoyable. Reviewed by DS

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