Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The Book of Jesse: A Story of Youth, Illness, and Medicine

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

The Book of Jesse: A Story of Youth, Illness, and Medicine

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The Book of Jesse: A Story of Youth, Illness, and Medicine by Michael Rowe; Washington, DC: Francis Press, 2002; 336 pages, $25.00

Detailing their struggles and triumphs, The Book of Jesse tells the story of a family that must deal with the liver disease of a teenage son. It is narrated by Jesse's father, Michael Rowe, associate clinical professor of sociology in the Yale University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry, and co-director of the Yale Program on Poverty, Disability, and Urban Health.

The book tells of the family's experiences with two liver transplants, repeated surgeries for complications, conflicting medical opinions, and medical and hospital politics. It is full of interesting family dynamics, as Jesse's biological parents are divorced and both have remarried. The presence of other children adds to the complexity of the family's story.

Overall, this is a good read for individuals who are interested in medicine or hospital-based stories, or for those who have an interest in the trials and tribulations of families living in trying times. Occasionally, the book is hard to follow as it skips fre-quently between dates, times, and events. …

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