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    “A page-turning wake-up call.” --Kirkus

    “This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Sampson Davis's personal story is powerful, and his experiences in the ER room underscore the lack of effective health care in our underserved communities. Newark is lucky to have him as a citizen, and we are all lucky that he has shared his insights and expertise with us in Living and Dying in Brick City. His is an important voice in the conversation on health care in this country.” --Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

    “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 likeable, but flawed hero. And his book is a page turner…A personal and thought-provoking look at inner-city health.” --Booklist

    “This book just might save your life. Sampson Davis shares fascinating stories from the ER and addresses the inner-city health crisis. His book is an important investment in your most valuable resource: your health.” --Suze Orman, author of The Money Class

    “This book is living proof that behind the boarded up windows of one of America’s most neglected cities, beyond the sorrow and pain, there is much more than we’ve come to expect. There is hope. There is change. There is redemption for Brick City. The book will open your eyes to a part of the world that most of us only see from behind the wheel of a tightly locked car. Sampson Davis is not afraid to lift heavy objects in this world. I’m glad he shared his journey with us, so that we know it is possible.” --James McBridge, author of The Color of Water

     Dr. Sampson Davis
    Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their book The Pact and their work through the Three Doctors Foundation have inspired countless young men and women to strive for goals they otherwise would not have dreamed they could attain. In this book, Dr. Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in the inner city from a rare perspective: as a doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day. He also offers invaluable practical advice for those living in such communities, where conditions like asthma, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and AIDS are disproportionately endemic.

    Dr. Davis’s sister, a drug addict, died of AIDS; his brother is now paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of a bar fight; and he himself did time in juvenile detention—a wake-up call that changed his life. He recounts recognizing a young man who is brought to the E.R. with critical gunshot wounds as someone who was arrested with him when he was a teenager during a robbery gone bad; describes a patient whose case of sickle-cell anemia rouses an ethical dilemma; and explains the difficulty he has convincing his landlord and friend, an older woman, to go to the hospital for much-needed treatment. With empathy and hard-earned wisdom, Living and Dying in Brick City presents an urgent picture of medical care in our cities. It is an important resource guide for anyone at risk, anyone close to those at risk, and anyone who cares about the fate of our cities.


    By Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page
    Available for pre-order on
    Available in stores and digital download February 12, 2013
    Publisher: Spiegel & Grau



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