No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

Rachel Pearson (Author)


No Apparent Distress begins with a mistake made by a white medical student that may have hastened the death of a working-class black man who sought care in a student-run clinic. Haunted by this error, the author--herself from a working-class background--delves into the stories and politics of a medical training system in which students learn on the bodies of the poor. Part confession, part family history, No Apparent Distress is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor's coming-of-age.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
July 10, 2018
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Rachel Pearson, MD, PhD, is a resident physician who also holds a PhD from the Institute for the Medical Humanities. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, the Guardian, the Texas Observer, and the New York Times Book Review


Engrossing.... Pearson's vivid writing sometimes lulls you into the trance of a good story--character, voice, plot, conflict--but there's always the sucker punch at the end to remind you of the gruesome endpoint of the American healthcare system.... Her literary skill is apparent in her book. Her courage, honesty and doggedness are evident on every page.--Danielle Ofri
No Apparent Distress is filled with the moving stories of a medical student's journey providing health care at the margins of American life. Rachel Pearson shines a spotlight on the brutal inequalities present within our healthcare system.--Damon Tweedy, MD, author of Black Man in a White Coat