One by One by One by Aaron Berkowitz audiobook

One by One by One: Making a Small Difference Amid a Billion Problems

By Aaron Berkowitz
Read by Michael David Axtell

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062964212

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 06/02/2020

    ISBN: 9781094159867

  • Available on 06/02/2020

    ISBN: 9781094159850

  • Available on 06/02/2020

    ISBN: 9781094159874

Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In the spirit of Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains, and joining the ranks of works by Bryan Stevenson, Matthew Desmond, Abraham Verghese and Oliver Sachs, the inspiring story of a young American neurologist’s struggle to make a difference in Haiti by treating one patient—a story of social justice, clashing cultures, and what it means to treat strangers as members of our family.

Dr. Aaron Berkowitz, a well-meaning Harvard Medical School neurologist, became a doctor to build bridges between a very rich world and a very poor one. But his idealism was tested when he traveled to Haiti to treat some of the world’s neediest patients. One by One by One is the poignant chronicle of the ups and downs, the reverses and triumphs Dr. Berkowitz experienced trying to accomplish his dream. It is the story of his attempt to make the first big save of his career: a desperately poor young patient from rural Haiti named Janel who had the largest brain tumor any neurosurgeon at a major Harvard teaching hospital had ever seen. 

“My naïve optimism as a novice humanitarian physician was shattered at every twist and turn as I faced countless unexpected medical, logistical, and psychosocial challenges,” he writes. Forming a special bond with Janel, whom he brings back to Boston to treat, he experiences the tensions between his world and Janel’s, as they move between the modern technology of Harvard Medical School and the shanties and clinics of Haiti. It is a journey fraught with deprivation and frustration yet enriched by the support of generous and brilliant friends and colleagues.

Throughout, Dr. Berkowitz confronts ethical questions: How can a doctor advocate for the expense of treating just one patient when that money can be used to care for so many others in need? How are the challenges of medical care complicated by class, wealth, culture, language, and race? What are the unintended consequences that can result from even the best of intentions? Powerful and thought-provoking, One by One by One offers invaluable lessons for everyone who wants to make a difference—and a reminder that we must choose carefully which good actions to take on.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Vivid, clear-eyed, and very smart…For medical relief workers around the world, it must be required reading. For the rest of us, too.” Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell Fred Voodoo

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Author

Author Bio: Aaron Berkowitz

Author Bio: Aaron Berkowitz

Aaron Berkowitz, MD PhD, is the founding Director of Global Health at Kaiser Permanente Medical School and was the founding Director of the Global Neurology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and directed the first-year Mind-Brain-Behavior course at Harvard Medical School. As a consultant for Partners In Health and advisor to Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Berkowitz has worked in Haiti, Malawi, Vietnam, and on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. He lives in Pasadena, CA.

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Details

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English