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Author: Rachel Pearson Narrator: Rebecca Gibel Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538414170
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In medical charts, the term “N.A.D.” (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America’s medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor—and the poor suffer from their mistakes.

Rachel Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas. Pearson, herself from a working-class background, remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend, experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patient’s care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town’s medical system. In No Apparent Distress, she chronicles her experiences and the raging disparities in a system that favors the rich and the white. This is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pearson’s vivid writing sometimes lulls you into the trance of a good story—character, voice, plot, conflict—but there’s always the sucker punch at the end to remind you of the gruesome endpoint of the American health-care system: If you don’t have money, you can be sent out to die…Pearson and her editor couldn’t possibly have known that No Apparent Distress would arrive on the scene just as a wholesale dismantling of our modest national safety net is being considered…Pearson was a writer of poetry and fiction before she turned to medicine, and her literary skill is apparent in her book. Her courage, honesty and doggedness are evident on every page.”

    New York Times

  • “This timely, highly recommended title is for readers interested in medicine, public health, disparities in treatment, and the complicated politics of health care and poverty.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Because many of the artfully and creatively compressed stories she shares are so personal and admittedly ‘hard to tell,’ the book takes on an intimate tone, even while the details veer toward the gruesome or the emotionally raw… Eloquently and briskly written, the narrative is moving and will be inspirational and particularly enlightening for pre-med students eager to discover and explore the real insider details found both in and out of school.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Passionate….one of the better doctor-in-training books.”

    Booklist

  • “Filled with the moving stories of a medical student’s journey providing health care…Shines a spotlight on the brutal inequalities present within our health-care system.”

    Damon Tweedy, MD, author of Black Man in a White Coat

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About the Author

Rachel Pearson is an MD and PhD student at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Institute for the Medical Humanities in Galveston. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in the Mid-American Review, the Texas Observer, and elsewhere.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Gibel is an award-winning stage, television, and voice actress. The narrator of over fifty audiobooks, Rebecca is facile in a wide variety of genres. Rebecca has worked across the country at theaters such as Trinity Rep, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Intiman Theatre, and the Arden Theatre Company. She holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.