Life on the Ground Floor

Category: Book
By (author): Maskalyk, James Dr
Subject:  MEDICAL / Emergency Medicine
  MEDICAL / Healing
  MEDICAL / Physician & Patient
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: April 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*A celebrated humanitarian doctor's unique perspective on sickness, health and what it is to be alive.

In this deeply personal book, humanitarian doctor and activist James Maskalyk, author of the highly acclaimed Six Months in Sudan, draws upon his experience treating patients in the world's emergency rooms. From Toronto to Addis Ababa, Cambodia to Bolivia, he discovers that although the cultures, resources and medical challenges of each hospital may differ, they are linked indelibly by the ground floor: the location of their emergency rooms. Here, on the ground floor, is where Dr. Maskalyk witnesses the story of "human aliveness"--our mourning and laughter, tragedies and hopes, the frailty of being and the resilience of the human spirit. And it's here too that he is swept into the story, confronting his fears and doubts and questioning what it is to be a doctor.
     Masterfully written and artfully structured, Life on the Ground Floor is more than just an emergency doctor's memoir or travelogue--it's a meditation on health, sickness and the wonder of human life.
Review Quote*Praise for Six Months in Sudan:
 • "This journey is beautifully told in sharp beats and lyrical notes. It is the voyage of a young doctor in a hard world and deep within his own heart." --Dr. Vincent Lam, award-winning author of Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
 • "Gripping and humane. . . . [A] brave and intelligent memoir." --Daily Mail (UK)
 • "Austere as the Sudanese landscape, plangent as a ballad, this book has poetry in it along with pain." --The Washington Post
 • "This is a rare memoir . . . with genuinely brilliant writing. I'm sure Maskalyk is a fine doctor, but he's an even better writer." --The Vancouver Sun
Biographical NoteJAMES MASKALYK is an emergency-room physician, award-winning teacher and member of Médecins Sans Frontières. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Six Months in Sudan, and currently divides his time between Toronto and Addis Ababa. The author lives in Toronto, ON.