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Rough sleepers : Dr. Jim O'Connell and his quest to create a community of care  Cover Image Book Book

Rough sleepers : Dr. Jim O'Connell and his quest to create a community of care / Tracy Kidder.

Kidder, Tracy, (author.).


After Jim O'Connell graduated from Harvard Medical School and was nearing the end of his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, the hospital's chief of medicine made a proposal: Would O'Connell defer a prestigious fellowship and spend a year helping to create an organization to bring health care to homeless citizens? Jim took the job because he felt he couldn't refuse. But that year turned into his life's work. Tracy Kidder spent five years following Dr. O'Connell, his colleagues, and their patients. In this illuminating book we travel with O'Connell as he navigates Boston, offering medical care, socks, soup, humor, and friendship to some of the city's most endangered citizens, emphasizing a style of medicine in which patients come first, joined with their providers in what he calls "a system of friends." We get to know his patients not as problems but as human beings in their true complexity--difficult and charming, self-destructive and brave. -- From inside front cover.

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  • ISBN: 9781984801432
  • ISBN: 1984801430
  • Physical Description: xiii, 298 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographic references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Pt. 1: the van. -- Pt. 2: the art of healing. Conscripted -- Foot soaking -- Disaster medicine -- Pt. 3: the pantheon. Numbers -- A new face -- The street team meeting -- Angels without wings -- The memorial service -- Pt. 4: against medical advice. No loud voices -- Upside-down medicine -- Death by housing -- Eulogies for Barbara -- Living life backwards -- Pt. 5: searching for meaning. A history of Tony -- Inventing a purpose -- The social director -- Autumn street rounds -- Success -- Pt. 6: system of friends. Winter comes -- Tony's world -- The beauty of human connection -- Sisyphus -- Boundaries and limits -- The gala -- The prism -- Pt. 7 the night watchman. The worry list -- Button-down shirt moments -- The hug -- The law of pariahs -- In Boston municipal court -- Childhood -- A free man -- Confession -- The night watchman -- Pt. 8: the portrait gallery. A pandemic season -- The portrait gallery.
Subject: O'Connell, James J. (James Joseph), 1948-
Homeless persons > Services for > Massachusetts > Boston.
Homeless persons > Care > Massachusetts > Boston.
Homelessness > Massachusetts > Boston.

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  • 17 of 18 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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North Kansas City Public Library 362.592 KIDDER 2023 (Text) 0001012503499 Nonfiction Available -

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