Monday, August 17, 2009

Angels in the ER by Robert D. Lesslie, MD

One word-refreshing.

As a connoisseur of medical biographies, it is without doubt, hard to find one that stands out. Oh, there is one written from a surgeons viewpoint, or the nurses viewpoint, or even the pediatric nurses viewpoint, but they are non the less, cookie cutter. They focus on what medical training has taken from them. They blow off steam regarding long hours, difficult cases and hard to work with staff. In fact, if you've read one, you've read them all.

Until Lesslie's book hit the market. How refreshing to read stories of patients told in a positive manner. How interesting to see Lesslie focusing on what patients taught him instead of the inconvenience they caused the ER. That's the difference when you operate with a strong belief system and live on faith. You look for the good things in life and view your job as a calling and not an inconvenience.

Not once did Lesslie complain. Instead, he recalled the meaning each situation brought to his life and expressed an appreciation for these opportunities. He writes with concise and accurate treatment scenarios causing the reader to feel like a fly on the wall, living, breathing, partaking of each patient Lesslie treats.

I am fascinated with the medical field. Maybe that's why I served for a short time in the ER and Radiology Department of the local medical center. I can assure you that Lesslie's descriptions are medically accurate, but more important than that, he shines a spiritual light that others are lacking. The chapter describing his experience following his fathers death is worth buying the book alone for. Incredible. Yet, cover to cover, he expresses the reality that God does not forsake the hurting. In fact, in some sense or another, he sends angels. Especially to the ER.

Dr. Lesslie is currently a co-owner and medical director of an urgent care facility yet he remembers vividly what his patients of over 25 years taught him. One of the most important was to believe in angels.

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736923152
ISBN-13: 9780736923156

From Dr. Lesslie's website:
Next summer-2010, Dr. Robert Lesslie and Harvest House Publishers plan to release “Angels On Call” * - more true stories from the ER. This book will present real people and real cases, and ask the important questions, “Where do you turn when you need help?” and “Who do you turn to?” As in “Angels in the ER”, some of these stories will be dramatic, some will be funny, some will be shocking, and some will make you scratch your head in wonder. Whatever your walk, this book will encourage you to ask “who’s on call in my life?” (*working title)