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A Life in Trauma Memoirs of An Emergency Physician
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A Life in Trauma Memoirs of An Emergency Physician


Concern. Compassion. Doubt. Despair. Anger. Hope.

Imagine juggling these feelings every day in a situation where your work could mean the difference between someone’s life or death.

For Dr Chris Luke, a consultant in emergency medicine, these emotions are an intrinsic part of the job – ranging from rage at a system that often leaves vulnerable people waiting anxiously, to the incomparable satisfaction of relieving patients’ suffering and distress.

This revealing memoir takes us on a rollercoaster journey from Chris’s days as an orphanage boy through to becoming one of the leading emergency physicians in the country.

A Life in Trauma is a remarkable account of a career spent helping others, sometimes at a painful personal cost, and ultimately offers a positive perspective on the potential of Ireland’s healthcare system.

About the Author

Dr Chris Luke qualified in 1982 at University College Dublin and has been an emergency physician for over 35 years. He has worked in frontline medicine in Ireland, the UK and Australia and has been a consultant in emergency medicine in Cork for over 20 years. Luke, who calls himself a ‘slightly militant altruist’, is a passionate and outspoken advocate for the public health service, those who depend on it and those who work in it. He has four children and lives in Cork


Pages 332

Color: Blue, Purple, White
Size: 20, 24
Material: 100% Polyester