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Charles Montgomery Skinner (1852-1907) was an American writer who published myths and legends collection books. His dream was to make American folklore heritage more glorious. Skinner worked in a wide range of genres, he worked as a journalist and a playwright. This short piece of prose represents a bright example of Skinner's writing style —…
Finally, arriving in America, she pursues her desire to continue her professional practice and recounts her struggle to achieve this goal. Again, the personal medical stories help demonstrate that her passion and dedication she showed in Romania are carried to her new country. Her new family of patients, though of different means, shows adulation very similar to the more country peasants. Though there are many stark contrasts between her practice under communist rule and that of her American practice, there is a similarity of physician dedication and effort, and in return the patients’ appreciation and gratitude.
I much enjoyed this book and found it very entertaining and well done. It was quite interesting to see the ravages of WWII through a young Jewish girl’s eyes. I especially liked reading about the specific medical cases and viewing them in the context of the hardships, frustrations and challenges brought about the practice of medicine in an isolated rural area, under communist rule. I also took pleasure in learning about the contrasts and similarities in the medical care and technology in a communist controlled, relatively primitive area and time, versus that of modern treatment in America. I delighted in the revelations that despite stark differences between these two settings, doctor dedication and patient gratitude remains reassuringly very similar.
Jeffrey Hahn, M.D. Diplomate in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology