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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Pit: Memoir of an Emergency Physician by Gary D. Conrad is a powerful medical memoir, written by a professional who has spent fifty years in medicine and over forty of them as an emergency physician. This memoir takes readers into the stressful environment of the emergency room. For family members and loved ones, the emergency room is the place where they expect miracles to happen for them or for those they love. But for medical professionals, it can be a real nightmare as they face all kinds of situations, each day unsure of what will come in next. This memoir demonstrates with unusual clarity why it is called the Pit by professionals.
In this book, the author describes the emergency room from a very realistic perspective: “In the emergency department is a stress pit, a lake of exhaustion washing over all who work there. The demanding environment smothers physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, and anyone else who dares enter the battle zone in the war to save lives. For over thirty-eight years, I have worked as an emergency physician. I know the terms of engagement.” From facing very complex situations to having to tell family members that their loved one has died or successfully bringing someone from the brink of death back to life, The Pit: Memoir of an Emergency Physician takes readers on an unpredictable journey that will arouse a flood of emotions in them, bring out their tears, a strong sense of relief in some moments, and laughter at times. Gary D. Conrad’s memoir is the story of millions of medical professionals working night and day to save humanity from death, at times funny, but a work that is filled with insightful thoughts and a real tribute to emergency room professionals.