An emergency room physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white, Michele Harper’s memoir explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal her own past traumas. Bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, Dr. Harper came to understand that each of us is broken—physically, emotionally, psychically. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process. As she shines a light on the systemic disenfranchisement of the patients she treats, Harper comes to understand the importance of allowing ourselves to make peace with the past as we draw support from the present. In this hopeful book, she passes along the precious lessons that she has learned as a daughter, a woman, and a physician.
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