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Growing up in Newark, NJ, Davis vowed with friends George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt to rise above hardship. They all became doctors-and best-selling coauthors of books like The Pact. Here, Davis goes it alone to recount his return to the Newark Beth Israel Hospital, where he was born. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
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Davis (The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream) has written a medical memoir with a message. Born and raised in Newark, NJ, he watched his friends turn to lives of crime and drugs. He chose to stay in school. After finishing his medical degree and residency in emergency medicine, he returned to Newark to work at a hospital in his old neighborhood. Davis was troubled to see the effects of crime and poverty on the health and lives of Newark's residents, involving some he knew from childhood. This book is his response to that distress and a call to action to address the social and health issues that impact the inner city. Each chapter is devoted to a particular problem-domestic violence, drug abuse, asthma, gangs-and often concludes with a list of warning signs and advice and/or resources for those afflicted. VERDICT Written for the lay reader, this book will also be of interest to health-care professionals and anyone concerned about the effect of poverty and crime on the health of those who live in our inner cities.-Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Davis an African American who grew up in a tough neighborhood in Newark, aka Brick City, beat the odds, and became an emergency room doctor in the hospital where he was born is a likable but flawed hero. And his book is a page-turner as he and Washington Post writer and editor Page, coauthor of the best-selling memoir The Pact (2002) with Davis and his best childhood friends, create memorable scenes. To compellingly tell the story of the health crisis in poor, urban America, they draw on Davis' experiences in the emergency room and in his own family. His dad gets prostate cancer, his older sister contracts AIDS, and his older, alcoholic brother becomes paralyzed because of a fight. Davis describes trying and failing to help such emergency-room patients as a victim of domestic violence and a 700-pound woman. He tries to figure out whether sickle-cell-anemia patients who come into the ER complaining of pain truly need prescription medication or if they're just looking for an easy fix. A personal and thought-provoking look at inner-city health.--Springen, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist