The blood of strangers stories from emergency medicine hailed by the boston globe as a compact faceted gem that shines with intelligence this stunning collection offers a startling and moving look at people whose lives are on the line and the men and women who try to keep them from crossing it. Huyler presents a series of twenty eight brief stories all narrated by a young emergency medicine doctor like huyler himself this narrative has the ring of direct observation tempered by the need for confidentiality and dramatic structure there are some common characters but each tale essentially stands alone. Although the title describes these as stories dealing with emergency medicine some date from the authors days as a medical student and resident on various other hospital services such as intensive care and pathology in the latter his study of suicide awakens memories of a tragedy in his own family. Reminiscent of chekhovs storiesthe blood of strangersis a visceral portrayal of a physicians encounters with the highly charged world of an emergency room in this collection of spare and elegant stories dr frank huyler reveals a side of medicine where small moments the intricacy of suturing a facial wound the bath a patient receives from her husband and daughter interweave with the lives and deaths of the desperately sick and injured
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