Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Beginnings: On the Ragged Edges of Medicine


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



All too often a day at Burnside Health Center would begin with a melancholy tramp through the heart of Portland.

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed by Patricia Kullberg, published by OSU Press. This powerful memoir by a doctor working with Portland's homeless and urban poor is organized around the compelling stories of 15 of her patients.


  1. Sounds like this might be a tough read based on the first sentence.

  2. Sounds like a good back to others.

  3. The book you chose relates rather well to the book I chose for my Book beginning post, a humorous tough look at mental illness, "Furiously Happy."

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  5. Hi Gilion,

    I agree with Roberta, that this one sounds like a tough read, but then it deals with a tough, but all too relevant topic and one which many of us (probably myself included) would rather close our eyes to and just hope it will go away ... Of course, it won't!!

    Here in the UK, there have recently been many television documentaries based on just the research that Patricia is undertaking, but I wonder just how much of the information is ever looked at, let alone acted upon, by authorities and even governments ... I suspect very little!

    I hope that you manage to finish the book without it becoming too upsetting and thanks as always for hosting BBOF :)


  6. This sounds like it could be a fascinating read. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Sounds interesting. Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. This sounds like a great book. :-)

  9. I hope at least some of those patients ended up with a roof above their head eventually.

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  10. I like the first sentence and what the doctor is doing.

    I really don't like memoirs, though.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  11. Never heard of this book but the beginning is intriguing.

  12. Sounds intense and sad. I'd carry those feelings around with me all day. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine ...

  13. This sounds like an intense but worthwhile read. I can't imagine practicing medicine in those conditions with those limitations but at the same time it's so desperately needed in the homeless community that I imagine it would be rewarding if heartbreaking.


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