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The unforgettable inspiring memoir of one extraordinary doctor who is saving lives in a most unconventional way, Ask Me Why I Hurt is the touching and revealing first-person account of the remarkable work of Dr. Randy Christensen. Trained as a pediatrician, he works not in a typical hospital setting but rather in a thirty-eight-foot Winnebago that has been refitted as a doctor’s office on wheels. His patients are the city’s homeless adolescents and children.

In the shadow of one affluent American city, Dr. Christensen has dedicated his life to caring for society’s throwaway kids—the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators. With the Winnebago as his moveable medical center, Christensen and his team travel around the outskirts of Phoenix, attending to the children and teens who need him most.

With tenderness and humor, Dr. Christensen chronicles everything from the struggles of the van’s early beginnings to the support system it became for the kids and the ultimate recognition it has achieved over the years. Along with his immense professional challenges, he also describes the trials and joys he faces while raising a growing family with his wife, Amy.

By turns poignant, heartbreaking, and charming, Dr. Christensen’s story is a gripping and rich memoir of his work and family, one of those rare books that stays with you long after it ends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Proof positive that there are still heroes among us. These doctors, nurses and social workers labor tirelessly to look after some of our most vulnerable patients—homeless children. In this sensitive and moving portrayal of caring for those most in need, Christensen shows us that it is still possible to make a difference in the world, one patient at a time.”

    Lisa Sanders, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller Every Patient Tells A Story

  • “With just the right blend of personal history, patient anecdotes, and relevant suggestions for health care improvement, Christensen’s memoir is an uplifting yet sobering read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Not just inspiration but a wake-up call for our entire health system.”

    Library Journal

  • “[An] alternately heartwarming and heartrending memoir.”

    Booklist

  • “Refreshingly free of moralistic lectures about the collective failure of the American health-care system, Christensen’s book is a wry, sincere story that makes the need for change inescapably obvious.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancye | 4/27/2011

    " Wonderful great read. Reminds me of My Own Country but about homeless kids in the US that need medical care. Sad but I could not put down this memior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy | 4/24/2011

    " An engaging read, with great insight into a world we forget is out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie | 4/5/2011

    " Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberly | 3/9/2011

    " What a story to tell. The amount of emotion packed into this book is amazing. There were a couple of times I had to put down because it made me so very sad. Dr Christensen is the light at the end of the tunnel for these children. They are lucky to have him, his staff and his family. "

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About the Author

Randy Christensen, MD, is a staff physician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Since 2000, he has been the medical director of Crews’n Healthmobile, a mobile medical clinic that provides primary and comprehensive medical care to homeless children. Dr. Christensen has been the recipient of several awards for his work, including the CNN Heroes Award and People Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us.” He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Amy, also a pediatrician, and their three children.