Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER (Paperback)

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“Paul Austin is an ER doctor and a gifted writer, who recounts his years in medical school and his shifts in the ER. This is a beautifully written, personal story of a strong, compassionate man and his efforts to save lives and ease the pain of people in trouble.”
— Helen Stewart, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC


In this eye-opening account of life in the ER, Paul Austin recalls how the daily grind of long, erratic shifts and endless hordes of patients with sad stories sent him down a path of bitterness and cynicism. Gritty, powerful, and ultimately redemptive, Something for the Pain is a revealing glimpse into the fragility of compassion and sanity in the industrial setting of today's hospitals.

About the Author

Paul Austin was named a 2008 tuition scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and his essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Southeast Review, and The Gettysburg Review. A former firefighter, he has more than twenty-five years of experience working in emergency rooms. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393337792
ISBN-10: 0393337790
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 2009
Pages: 297
Language: English