The Bodies Keep Coming: Dispatches from a Black Trauma Surgeon on Racism, Violence, and How We Heal

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Broadleaf Books
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5.91 X 9.06 X 1.02 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Brian H. Williams is an Air Force Academy graduate, a Harvard-trained surgeon, a former congressional health policy advisor, and a nationally recognized leader at the intersection of public policy and structural racism, gun violence, and health equity. He has treated gun violence victims for more than two decades. Williams has served as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine and as a professor of trauma and acute care surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. Williams and his work have been featured in outlets like the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, CNN, and Newsweek.


"In the mode of Atul Gawande and other doctors of color, Brian H. Williams tells riveting stories about the traumas inherent in our country, while laying out how racism infects and weakens our health care systems. This is a page-turner!" --Mary Karr, New York Times-bestselling author of The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit (Liar's Club series)

"An engrossing account of Dr. Brian H. Williams's quintessentially American journey from military brat to Air Force Academy graduate to nationally recognized trauma surgeon, set against the backdrop of a nation still struggling to reconcile its democratic ideals with its racist origins. Bold and incisive, The Bodies Keep Coming examines how this contradiction manifests in hospitals throughout America and offers a pointed analysis for a better future." --Dr. Damon Tweedy, New York Times-bestselling author of Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine

"An insider's view of the families, health care workers, and forces--structural racism, an epidemic of gun violence, rampant health inequity--within our broken health system and America's broken promise. Gripping, candid, and indelible, Dr. Williams's memoir is an urgent call to arms, and an evidence-based blueprint for meaningful healing." --Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, clinical associate professor of medicine, Stanford School of Medicine

"A powerful and necessary read, The Bodies Keep Coming offers extraordinary insights into America's epidemic of violence and a Black surgeon's experience on the front lines." --Dr. Seema Yasmin, author of Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them and What the Fact?! Finding the Truth in All the Noise

"The hallmark of a great surgeon lies beyond the ability to perform surgery. Those who transform medicine, make us question medical and societal establishments, and are brave enough to put racial equity front and center are the real heroes. Dr. Brian H. Williams is one of those extraordinary physicians. In The Bodies Keep Coming, he shares frontline stories through his eyes as a trauma surgeon. Dr. Williams is a masterful storyteller, and you can hear and feel his authenticity on every page. Empathy, anger, humor, and, ultimately, hope accompany you as he takes you on this literary ride." --Dr. Nancy Snyderman, surgeon and former medical editor for NBC News

"In this beautifully written memoir, Dr. Brian H. Williams reveals through jarring personal remembrances the destruction of violence in the American medical system and our society. Although he could have simply offered up a narrative devoid of hope, Williams leaves readers hopeful that healing exists for us all through love." --Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

"Dr. Brian H. Williams's stunning book is simultaneously an inspiring testament to the skill and dedication of the people working on the medical front lines of America's enduring tragedy of gun violence, and a searing indictment of the pervasive institutional racism that brought us that tragedy in the first place and continues to sustain it. It is not a comfortable read, but it is an essential one." --Dr. Elliott Currie, author of New York Times Notable Book of 2020 A Peculiar Indifference: The Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America