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Something For the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the Emergency Room

"A stunning account of the chaos of the emergency room."
Barbara Fisher, Boston Sunday Globe

"This vivid memoir of an ER Doctor will make readers by turns cry and cringe. A definite page-turner and a riveting debut; highly recommended to public, hospital, and medical sciences libraries."
Starred Review - Library Journal, American Library Association

"In Something For the Pain, Paul Austin - the ER doc you'd hope to get if something really bad happened - tells us, vividly and with uncommon candor, how if you aren't caerful, saving people's lives can make you sick."
Ted Conover, author of The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World

"In these fast-paced and extremely dramatic vinettes, Paul Austin puts us in the middle of the harrowing work that emergency room doctors and nurses face around the clock . . . Something For the Pain is remarkable for its compassion, humility, and scrupulous honesty."
Michael Collier, author of Dark Wild Realm

"With a relentlessly honest look at modern emergency medicine, Austin, a former firefighter now living in Durham, N.C., writes in his debut book… What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is the courageous measure of Austin’s humanity…"
Publishers' Weekly

"Austin examines the diametrically opposed perils of cynical detachment and overemotional involvement..."
Kirkus Reviews

"The searing honesty of Something For the Pain makes the heart glad and breaks it at the same time."
Randall Kenan, author of The Fire This Time

"Moving, troubling, and revelatory, Something For the Pain offers intimate glimpses of the behind-the-scenes human costs of one man's work in the ER. WIth his honesty, need, frustration, and humanity, Austin is a narrator you can trust, and he tells a story of disturbing power."
Joy Castro, author of The Truth Book

"An intensely personal and truthful account of life as an emergency physician. Great reading for all who work in an acute care environment. If you are considering a career in emergency reading, you must read this book."
Eugenia Quackenbush, MD, assistant professor emergency medicine
UNC School of Medicine

"Something For the Pain has everything you want in a medical memoir: urgencies, emergencies, life-or-death. Austin, writer as much as physician, can turn the simplest procedure into an occasion for elegy, paean, or profound meditation, phrased with the elegance of a Thoreau. Blood, yes, and pain aplenty - this is a book about the body. But it is also about the spirit, about trauma in all its definitions, and about what it costs to heal and be a healer, what it truly means to save a life."
David Bradley, author of The Chaneysville Incident