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123 Very Short Stories from a Long Life in Medicine
by Stan Lubin

A baby is born, after a long nerve-wracking labour. A family struggles to make the right end-of-life decision for an elderly relative. Addicts and eccentrics find themselves in hospital emergency rooms. And doctors are there: treating patients with illness and injuries, day in and day out. In 123 Very Short Stories from a Long Life in Medicine, Dr. Stan Lubin recounts his 50 year career as a physician working in Canada, the UK, and US, along with a stint in the Truk Islands, Micronesia.   This memoir, composed of personal anecdotes, is an engaging and emotional journey, not just for those in the medical profession but all readers who wish to get a glimpse inside the lives of people seeking care in both small towns and cities. Written with a depth of medical detail yet still accessible to casual readers, Dr. Lubin’s thought-provoking stories will make readers consider their own beliefs, vulnerabilities, joys and, indeed, mortality. 123 Very Short Stories from a Long Life in Medicine also serves as an uplifting reminder of the expertise, compassion, and unflagging work of doctors and other healthcare professionals who support patients and their families through all stages of life.

"An engrossing set of case studies, told with clear-eyed detail and deep sympathy" —Kirkus Review

Dr. Stan Lubin originally completed a degree in philosophy and political science and worked as a teacher in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, before finding his calling as a doctor. He returned to Montréal to complete his medical training at McGill University, then moved west to British Columbia, where he worked as a general practitioner in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast for twelve years, doing house calls, anesthetics, delivering babies and working in the emergency. In addition to working in the US and UK, Dr. Lubin continued to further his education, completing degrees at the London School of Economics and at University of Hawaii. He also taught trainee family doctors at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. The Covid-19 pandemic was declared two weeks after he retired from medicine. relinquishing his medical license and hospital privileges. Dr. Lubin reapplied for them and volunteered his services during the pandemic. Along with telling stories about medical life, many of which are in this book, he enjoys reading, travel, skiing, climbing, hiking, and squash. Dr. Lubin lives with his wife in Vancouver, Canada.


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