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The Atheist and the Parrotfish by Richard Barager

Reviewed by Chris Phillips

The Atheist and the ParrotfishThere is nothing common with this novel. The characters are introduced and developed throughout the story because they change from what they were at the beginning into what they become at the end of the tale.

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Cullen Brodie is an accomplished and successful nephrologist. He has spent his life working to save people’s lives when their kidneys fail. He has helped hundreds of patients to live longer and also found replacement kidneys for many of those patients. He now encounters a specific patient that he has never encountered.

Thomas Lawson is the chaplain in the hospital where Cullen practices.

There is a problem with these two, because Cullen is an avowed active atheist. He is good at what he does and doesn’t believe that God is involved at all in the process.

Now comes into Ennis Willoughby. He is a patient doing dialysis regularly to prolong his life until, if and only if, a donor is found. He is 63 years old. He is a crossdressing transgender male trying to identify and reconcile with the female that lives within him all the time. Initially, he was considered ineligible for transplant because of psychological difficulties. But after counselling he is reconsidered.

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Pandemic“Cholera kills people fast. There’s no drawn-out sequence of progressive debility. The newly infected person feels fine at first. Then half a day passes, and cholera has drained his or her body of its fluids, leaving a withered blue corpse.”

Pandemic sounds like a science fiction thriller. Unfortunately, it can be all too realistic and could happen.

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How do we prevent it? One way would be to read Pandemic.

Most of us do not plan to be exposed or infected with cholera. What would you do if you were on an airplane from Haiti to Florida in 2013?

Nursing Jambalaya With Gumbo On The Side by Jacqueline Spencer, RN, Lynell Whittington-Brignac, RN, and Beverly S. Ward, RN.

Nursing Jambalaya With Gumbo On The SideReviewed by Cy Hilterman

Nursing, should you or should you not go into the nursing field? This book is written by three RN’s with over 60-years of experience in the medical field. It tells about their education, their beginnings entering nursing after their education of varying methods, their employment, and their experience with almost every type of patient, and their personal lives. My wife is a retired RN so I have been thorough most of the true things this book contains with a few variations because of age and time differences. It lays out in some detail what a person has to go through becoming and remaining a nurse. It also tells how much religion comes into their lives, talking to God when He is greatfully needed. You must have faith in dealing with patients because you will have so many types of people to treat and you will have just as many different people with good and/or bad attitudes. These might be against or for you or the doctor.

The three authors went to different schools and learned through different channels to reach their RN status. They were women of color and many times in life, personal and work, they felt discrimination as they felt like they were swept aside as though they weren’t there. But in general, their worth far outweighed their color and they DID gain respect. Nurses told of the people that helped them get where they wished to be in life regardless of their race. They learned their jobs well and were a huge asset wherever they worked. I can remember my wife telling me of the nurses of color that worked with her and how most of them could be depended upon as much or more then whites. As with all things in life, some people in our world are not color blind; they see black or yellow and immediately think that person in inferior. Not so, as you will learn in your own life and by the stories and lives of these three women. The authors go back in history and tell how black’s started in nursing and how they have been able to make much progress in their chosen field.