#BookReview: If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar @emily_elgar @weiss_squad

But here we are, day in, day out with our patients, their families; we see it all.  Nurses are like hospital furniture. Everyone else constantly moves, the Ists get promoted, patients go home or die but we stay, steadfast, waiting to be sat on, leant on, perhaps kicked about a bit.

Alice is a compassionate nurse and unit manager in Ward 9B, a small High Dependency Unit at St. Catherine’s Hospital.  Patients there hover between life and death.

One of her patients, Frank Ashcroft, has been on her ward for two months which is unusual for someone in his state.  He had a brain stem stroke leading to a coma and Dr. Sharma wants to move him to a morgue waiting room to let him die, but Alice is optimistic that Frank can hear her during their long one-sided talks.  Frank is a good listener who doesn’t judge while she chats about her husband, David, and her many devastating miscarriages.  All she wants to be is a good wife and mother, and when a young, pregnant female coma patient, Cassie, is admitted to her ward, she has hope that if a baby can survive in a coma patient, then maybe one could survive in her.  But, someone wants to harm Cassie, and Alice will protect her and the baby at all costs. Continue reading “#BookReview: If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar @emily_elgar @weiss_squad”

Book review: The First to Say No by Charles C. Anderson (9781432791018)


“Nobody wants to make any moral judgments.  We pay for everything with no one looking at the harm we are doing.  No one is willing to admit that we can’t afford to pay for everybody’s self-destructive behavior.  Somebody must prioritize and someone must say no.  Our country is already technically bankrupt.”

Dr. Katherine (Kate) Taylor will no longer tolerate the violent acts towards her staff by the local gangs, drug addicts and alcoholics that come into her hospital.  The hospital administrator and the hospital Board of Trustees don’t care because they have their own agenda for the hospital and the local police are corrupt and refuse to arrest and hold the criminals.  It is a revolving door of carnage and chaos.  With the help of friends and family, Dr. Taylor takes the law into her own hands, but will Detective Dave Whitt stop them before they get their revenge.

This is a medical thriller full of revenge and suspense which shows the horrors of a health care system that has gone array.  Mr. Anderson is a “38-year veteran emergency physician, critical are physician, and trauma specialist who has direct multiple hospital Emergency Departments and emergency medical transport systems” so his medical prose is concise and he explains the medical terms in layman’s terms.

Thank you to Mr. Anderson for the opportunity to review his book.

Book review: Capitol Reflections by Jonathan Javitt (098160871X)

I’m not a big fan of political thrillers, but I really enjoyed this book. What’s killing people across America? Dr. Gwen Maulder wants to find out after her best friend has a seizure in the courtroom right before trying a case.

It’s an adventure that takes you from the FDA, to Hawaii, to the political board rooms. The characters are very well thought out and draw you into their lives. This terrifying story line could be the front page news.

Excellent read!