My Own Country

My Own Country

A Doctor's Story

Book - 1995
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Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern American life. But when the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, a crisis that had once seemed an “urban problem” had arrived in the town to stay.

Working in Johnson City was Abraham Verghese, a young Indian doctor specializing in infectious diseases. Dr. Verghese became by necessity the local AIDS expert, soon besieged by a shocking number of male and female patients whose stories came to occupy his mind, and even take over his life. Verghese brought a singular perspective to Johnson City: as a doctor unique in his abilities; as an outsider who could talk to people suspicious of local practitioners; above all, as a writer of grace and compassion who saw that what was happening in this conservative community was both a medical and a spiritual emergency.

Out of his experience comes a startling but ultimately uplifting portrait of the American heartland as it confronts—and surmounts—its deepest prejudices and fears.
The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group's reading of Abraham Verghese's My Own Country . We hope they will enrich your understanding of a book that is rich in themes for stimulating group discussion.

Baker & Taylor
A young doctor in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee describes the town's first introduction to the AIDS virus, which preceded a disturbing epidemic and introduced the doctor to many unique people. Reprint. 40,000 first printing. Tour. NYT.

Baker
& Taylor

A young doctor of eastern Tennessee describes the town's first introduction to the AIDS virus, which preceded a disturbing epidemic and introduced the doctor to many unique people

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
ISBN: 9780679752929
0679752927
Branch Call Number: 362.1969 VERGH VERGH
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Verghese, A. (Abraham), 1955-
Notes: Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994

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GracieLucy
Oct 22, 2017

Beautiful book by a gifted writer. His first two books are non fiction but are so engaging they read like well written novels.

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clbartlett
Oct 21, 2017

Dr Verghese's compassion was stunning. The level of care he demonstrated is what we wish our own doctors practiced. What a wonderful book!

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ccmarinlib
Apr 26, 2017

I read this book a few years ago. His story stayed with me. I also recommend The Tennis Partner.

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awdawn
Aug 20, 2012

A GREAT book about a Doctors journey dealing with the onset of AIDS living in a smalltown. A must read for anyone thinking of pursuing medicine or already doing so, as it fills in the stories of many patients we have the privilege of interacting with.

dramaana Apr 17, 2012

A very interesting personal-professional memoir about love, family, human connection, disease, passion, and courage. Full of grace and insight on the practice of medicine and the art of living, would recommend.

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jvb
May 07, 2011

Great view of foreign MD's life in a small town during the beginning of AIDs, very moving story of his personal journey.

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annereith
Apr 06, 2011

I really enjoyed this book.

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