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Julia's Mother

Life Lessons in the Pediatric ER

William Bonadio, M.D.

St. Martin's Press

A real-life pediatric emergency room doctor reveals the trials, heartbreaks, and triumphs of his work.

It's a place of intense human drama, life's highest hopes and deepest despairs. A place we rarely get to see through a doctor's eyes.
But now the emergency room at a children's hospita is revealed in a moving and personal notembook by William Bondio, MD. It recounts the lessons a doctor learns beyond the textbooks, revealing insights into the human condition at its most vulnerable and courageous moments--from the patient who, after intense medical therapy, gives up the will to live, to the sick newborn baby who never would. We feel the power of a mother's instinct to advocate for her handicapped child, and observe the wisdom of an immigrant father who intuitively senses things the doctors cannot. Finally, with the mother of a young patient named Julia we share in the nobility of a parent's unending search to find meaning in tragedy.

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Julia
OCTOBER 15, 1998
THE EMERGENCY ROOM
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
3:00 A.M.
The ER winds down, like a wobbling top. The last patient is discharged home—at least for now. Still six more hours to go on this overnight shift. But for now the lights are dimmed low, as nurses brew more coffee and riffle through magazines to pass the time.
Will I get to rest a bit?
A cold chill always runs through me at about 3 A.M. It’s the “night-watch” chill. We all get it. Drags on you, makes it difficult to finish an overnight shift. I can abort it—artificially—by
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"A simply written, completely absorbing memoir, Julia's Mother shows how and why an earnest young man became a dedicated pediatrician." --New York Times Book Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • William Bonadio, M.D.

  • William Bondaio, MD., practices pediatric emergency medicine at The Children's Hospital in St. Paul Minnesota. He has written ten numerous medical articles on a variety of topics. He and his wife live on a farm in Hastings, Minnesota.
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Julia's Mother

Life Lessons in the Pediatric ER

William Bonadio, M.D.

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