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Author Silver, Elizabeth L., 1978- author.

Title The tincture of time : a memoir of (medical) uncertainty / Elizabeth L. Silver.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  618.92 SILVER    Check Shelf
Description x, 258 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-258).
Summary "Growing up as the daughter of a dedicated surgeon, Elizabeth L. Silver felt an unquestioned faith in medicine. When her six-week-old daughter, Abby, was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with sudden seizures, and scans revealed a serious brain bleed, her relationship to medicine began to change. The Tincture of Time is Silver's gorgeous and haunting chronicle of Abby's first year. It's a year of unending tests, doctors' opinions, sleepless nights, promising signs and steps backward, and above all, uncertainty : The mysterious circumstances of Abby's hospitalization attract dozens of specialists, none of whom can offer a conclusive answer about what went wrong or what the future holds. As Silver explores what it means to cope with uncertainty as a patient and parent and seeks peace in the reality that Abby's injury may never be fully understood, she looks beyond her own story for comfort, probing literature and religion, examining the practice of medicine throughout history, and reporting the experiences of doctors, patients, and fellow caretakers. The result is a brilliant blend of personal narrative and cultural analysis, at once a poignant snapshot of a parent's struggle and a wise meditation on the reality of uncertainty, in and out of medicine, and the hard-won truth that time is often its only cure. Heart-wrenching, unflinchingly honest, and beautifully written, The Tincture of Time is a powerful story of parenthood, an astute investigation of the boundaries of medicine, and an inspiring reminder of life's precariousness"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Medicine -- Practice.
Cerebrovascular disease in children -- Case studies.
Infants -- Diseases.
Children of physicians -- Biography.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Parenting -- General.
Infants -- Diseases. (OCoLC)fst00972126
Parenthood. (OCoLC)fst01053396
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Other Form: Online version: Silver, Elizabeth L., 1978- author. Tincture of time. New York : Penguin Press, 2017 9781101981467 (DLC) 2016058648
ISBN 9781101981443 (hardcover)
110198144X (hardcover)
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