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** No Apparent Distress by Rachel Pearson

The author of No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine tells of her medical school years in Galveston, Texas, working at a free clinic that treats patients with sometimes life-threatening diseases on a budget that prevents much meaningful care. She alternates between sometimes hilarious stories of her training (the description of the training for gynecological exams is particularly amusing), personal calamities, and the work at the clinic, which inconveniently suffers major damage during a hurricane. She of course attacks the US medical system, with good cause. What made the book valuable for me was the direct, personal experience rather than the (occasional, and well-deserved) rants.

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