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My Own Country: A Doctor's Story

My Own Country: A Doctor's Story

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Contributor(s) Abraham Verghese
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Overview: My Own Country: A Doctor's Story

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City saw its first AIDS patient in August 1985. Working in Johnson City was Abraham Verghese, a young Indian doctor specializing in infectious diseases who became, by necessity, the local AIDS expert. Out of his experience comes a startling, ultimately uplifting portrait of the American heartland.

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Language English
Publication Date April 25, 1995
Publisher Vintage
Contributor(s) Abraham Verghese
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Page Count 448
ISBN 10 0679752927
ISBN 13 9780679752929
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 317.5 grams
Product Dimensions 13.2 cm x 2.5 cm x 20.3 cm
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  1.  Sensitive yet crude tales of people assocoated with AIDS, 13 June, 2013 On
    The book takes you through an amazing journey of a foreign doctor in rural America , right when AIDS hit the country. The books contains painful experiences of people with AIDS , not only the medical trauma but also the social stigma associated with it.

    The Narrator a young Doctor from India takes it up as his prime duty to help his patients deal with the stigma the pain and the guilt! The book details the life of those impacted by this dreadful disease be it
    -the colorful gay shunned by his very family,
    -the unfaithful husband who is not guilty of his acts,
    -the discreet who wants to camouflage his suffering into a "cancer or leukemia" anything more dignified,
    -the innocent wife who is infected and is left to take care of her suffering husband in full faith despite knowing that her husband had infected her in full knowledge OR
    -the patient who just underwent a blood transfusion and that was the only reason he was left to suffer.

    The author describes each one's life -the onset of AIDS and the death by it in a very sensitive yet crude fashion. The protagonist the Doctor who was treating these patients is also impacted by the disease not because he gets infected by it but due to the general stigma the fear associated with it. Over the years he feels drifted from his family , feels aloof yet does not give up his passion to help the patients ..

    The author being the Doctor himself provides great understanding as to the fact that Doctors are also human , they too suffer with their patients, they too cry with the family of their patients and If they are acting out rough and unattached it is only for the benefit of the patient and a mere cover up.

    The book would leave you thinking about society and its hypocrisy. However a word of caution like Abraham Verghese's other books this too is filled with a lot of medical jargon and if that is not comprehensible for the reader the book can turn out to be meaningless at a lot of junctures.
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