Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor (Dr. Jim J. O’Connell)
This book is a staff recommendation. The author is an authority in the field of homeless services. Boston’s Healthcare for the Homeless program is a model in the field for evidenced based practices and interventions.
“You hold in your hands a precious gem. For this volume instantly and irrevocably transports you into a fascinating universe of individuals usually invisible to us. They are often faceless and nameless, lost in plain sight, and forced to live on the fringes of society. But this volume makes unforgettable those who are usually forgotten. The riveting stories presented here capture each life in such moving and vivid detail that you will be forever changed.” —From the Foreword by Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.
“I am so happy to donate to BHCHP. I worked as an advanced practice nurse at MGH for many years before moving to Colorado. Now retired. I heard Terry Gross’s interview with Jim O’Connell and bought his book. I read the book and sent 2 more to nurse friends with instructions to read and pass along. My husband has just finished the book and said to send it on to our son and family in Boston. We are in awe and admiration for all that the group does. Thank you all. You make healthcare look good.”
Dr. O’Connell’s collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets.