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Celebrate The Depth, Diversity, Joy, and Pain of Emergency Medicine.

About the Book: Famed photographer Eugene Richards, influential author of The Knife and Gun Club, captures the breathtaking moments of the lives and careers of American emergency physicians. Clinicians from across the country share their perspectives and insights on life and death amidst our ever-changing medical landscape.

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Anderson, RN

Brian Anderson, RN • Flight RN

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The stigma (of men in nursing) was still alive and well in 1997 … people thought the work was all about fluffing pillows, stroking hands, and braiding patients’ hair.

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We’re seeing more and more female physicians and paramedics … several of our helicopter pilots are women.

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Alaska can be a hostile, dangerous environment … You never know what you’re going to get out here.

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In situations like (rescuing a man from a 120 ft. glacier crevasse), we put ourselves as close to the patient as we safely can, but we sometimes have to trek a mile or more.

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There’s more than one way to skin a cat (or treat a patient), and we get to exercise our knowledge and creativity every single day – at 31,000 feet.

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I’ll admit that it’s pretty cool to step off that aircraft and walk to a scene – it makes you feel like a hero. But that’s not why I do the work.

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We want the ugly stuff … that’s just the nature of our personalities. But there’s nothing better than knowing a patient lived because you were there. You land … and you do something good.

 
Dr. Ikpe

Edidiong Ikpe, MD • EM Physician

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My father called me his “tiger.” My parents let us know that, as girls, my sisters and I could do anything; the sky was the limit.

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The emergency department is like a snapshot of the community. We see all kinds.

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We can find better ways to protect each other and ourselves while maintaining compassion for our patients.

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We see and hear a lot of terrible things. They may make me sad, but they don't break me. But at home, I pray. I pray for my patients. I pray for myself.

Dr. Janiak

Bruce Janiak, MD • EM Pioneer

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I have a passion for civil disobedience. I get joy from arguing my position.

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I loved the ER. It was the most action-packed place … there was so much to learn.

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I set up my 24-month program and became the first emergency medicine resident in the country.

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I didn't ask about my future or what kind of certificate I would get. I just wanted to do the training.

Dr. Lewander

William Lewander, MD • Pediatric EM Physician

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It’s one thing to be good with children – but it’s equally important to understand how to interact with the families.

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You spend a lot of time reassuring (parents) that everything is going to be okay.

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But what (parents) really want to say – but are too embarrassed – is, “We don’t have any money for the medicine and will never pick it up from the pharmacy.”

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(We) have had to be on the alert for signs of child maltreatment, and ready to intervene – but we need to be doing a better job with these growing mental health issues.

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Of course, you never forget the terrible cases … But you take solace in the balance … in the resilience of the kids … and in the fact that good things are happening.

 

The Photographer: Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards

Upon returning to Dorchester, Richards began to document the changing, racially diverse neighborhood where he was born. After being invited to join Magnum Photos in 1978, he worked increasingly as a freelance magazine photographer, undertaking assignments on such diverse topics as the American family, drug addiction, emergency medicine, pediatric AIDS, aging and death in America. In 1992, he directed and shot Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue, the first of seven short films he would eventually make.

Eugene Richards, photographer, writer, and filmmaker, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1944. After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in English, he studied photography with Minor White. In 1968, he joined VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America, a government program established as an arm of the so-called” War on Poverty.” Following a year and a half in eastern Arkansas, Richards helped found a social service organization and a community newspaper, Many Voices, which reported on black political action as well as the Ku Klux Klan. Photographs he made during these four years were published in his first monograph, Few Comforts or Surprises: The Arkansas Delta.

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Richards has published seventeen books. Exploding Into Life, which chronicles his first wife Dorothea Lynch’s struggle with breast cancer, received Nikon's Book of the Year award. For Below The Line: Living Poor in America, his documentation of urban and rural poverty, Richards received an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. The Knife & Gun Club: Scenes from an Emergency Room received an Award of Excellence from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue, an extensive reportorial on the effects of hardcore drug usage, received the Kraszna-Krausz Award for Photographic Innovation in Books. That same year, Americans We was the recipient of the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award for Best Photographic Book. In 2005, Pictures of the Year International chose The Fat Baby, an anthology of fifteen photographic essays, Best Book of the year. Richards’s most recent books include The Blue Room, a study of abandoned houses in rural America; War Is Personal, an assessment in words and pictures of the human consequences of the Iraq war; and Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down, a remembrance of life on the Arkansas Delta.

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grants
  • International Center of Photography Infinity Awards
  • Kraszna-Krausz Book Award
  • Leica Medal of Excellence
  • Leica Oskar Barnack Award
  • Olivier Rebbot Award
  • Amnesty International Media Award
  • Lyndhurst Prize
  • Lifetime Achievement Visa d'or Award
  • Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achiement Journalism Award
  • Missouri Honor Medal
  • Gahan Lectureship, Harvard University
  • National Geographic Magazine Grant
  • Getty Images Grant
  • POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year
  • World Press Photo

Selected Photographic Collections

  • International Center of Photography
  • Harvard Art Museum / Fogg Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Addison Gallery of American Art
  • New York Public Library
  • Les Recontres d'Arles Photographie
  • Harry Ransom Center
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • George Eastman Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • SFMOMA
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Museum Folkwang
  • Centre Pompidou

© Eugene Richards, 2018, reproduced with permission

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