The Big Blue

The Big Blue "H"

by Richard Michaels, MD

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Almost everyone has stories of emergency room (ER) visits; some good, and often times bad. Emergency rooms are often the point of a changed life or even death. It usually represents a new challenge or point of survival. The Big Blue "H" is a collection of tales told by Dr. Riley (Dr. Michaels) that represents many rare and odd events that he has witnessed during his thirty-five years of emergency medicine. He has worked in many emergency room departments; from the smallest town to the largest cities in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, California, and New Mexico. These stories are meant to entertain, but also to demonstrate the wide varieties of difficulties that people bring to the ER.

The stories in this book are generalized, and not given specific subjects. There is always something more to learn or see in the ER. You can learn about life in many ways and hopefully discover another way of living or even maintaining yourself more safely. While working in the ER you will experience various ways of life and in some severe cases, how deaths affect others.
In America, so much of American life revolves around the ER. Often, in times of trouble it is the center that Americans run to for safety, assurance, decisions and judgments.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157797270
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 349 KB

About the Author

Richard Michaels stumbled into working in the emergency room department by accident after closing a practice in the Hill Country, Texas, as the only town doctor. He began to travel from ER to ER, driving eighty-thousand miles in the first year, also known as locum tenens. Richard has worked in emergency room departments in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, California and New Mexico. He also worked in very small rural hospitals and trauma 1 centers in Louisiana. The stories are chosen for its intensity, interest, and rarity. Richard completed medical school in upstate New York at Albany Medical College and his surgical residency in Baltimore and then finished at the University of Pennsylvania as a surgeon. It was not uncommon in the smaller emergency room departments to work seven or eight days straight.

Richard Michaels was raised in Texas. He was accepted into a veterinarian school in Texas, but chose to practice people medicine. The edge he had with his surgical training was the skills he learned while placing tubes into various parts of the human body in order to resuscitate people after a serious injury. Being an emergency physician, one has to understand other specialties as well. One can never say they have seen it all because as soon as you say that, life proves you wrong. Oftentimes, when contacted to work in a new emergency room department, sometimes hundreds of miles away, he would find the hospital by the big blue H sign present on the sides of the road. Of course, now, one has their cell phone for directions. It was always a fun adventure for Richard to find the big blue H sign, especially in small towns.

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