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  • 06/2022
  • 9781735873176
  • 200 pages
  • $25.00
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Pluck: Lessons We Learned for Improving Healthcare and the World
Pluck brings together the spirit of courage, taking of roads-less-traveled, and living with a mindset focused on possibility that we can all call upon to improve everyday life. It inspires hope and collaboration, as well as meaningful change and actions. Alfred Sadler and Blair Sadler, a doctor and a lawyer, who are also twin brothers, worked together on the early laws concerning organ donation and the first heart transplants, the emergence of the physician assistant profession, the birth of bioethics, and the creation of emergency medicine including 9-1-1. In this compelling and stirring book, they take us on a fascinating journey through the National Institutes of Health, Yale University Medical School, The Hastings Center on Bioethics, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In Pluck, the Sadlers recall being in rooms where major changes occurred that have had multi-generational and lifesaving impacts on our country’s healthcare. They describe their roles in helping to lead and accelerate the pace and scale of needed change. The lessons they learned are enduring and relevant today. They share them, with the belief and confidence they will motivate people to constructive action. Whether you are interested in healthcare, environmental activism, criminal justice reform, economic and racial equity, or education, transformation is possible with the help of the authors’ 15 lessons for catalyzing change that conclude their enriching book.
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Identical twins Fred and Blair Sadler (Emergency Medical Care: The Neglected Public Service), a tenacious lawyer-doctor team, share their inspiring quest to fundamentally change public policy and improve modern medicine. Inviting readers to “join us on our lived journey of exploration, collaboration, and action,” the duo detail their fight for equity in medicine and their drive to bring accessible medical care to underserved populations, emphasizing their groundbreaking work in organ donation and transplant laws, bioethics, and more. This encouraging autobiography will especially appeal to professionals in the public health sector, medicine, or social services, or anyone curious about what it takes to enact positive change in entrenched systems.

Opening with an account of curiosity-filled childhoods that fostered a love for learning, the Sadlers move readers through their joint careers, in which they influenced laws that have touched millions of Americans–notably The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act that paved the way for medical organ donations. Despite their renown and the pivotal nature of their work, the authors avoid pretension and overstatement, writing instead about the importance of serving others and having “open dialogue between emerging and traditional healthcare professions to encourage collective problem-solving.” This work draws on their backgrounds and the lessons they’ve learned along the way while also digging into the complex problems of contemporary healthcare, but all this presented with welcome clarity and cohesion despite the highly technical topics.

(P)luck tells a poignant coming-of-age story that integrates brotherly love and fighting for justice in the medical field, tracing the Act’s journey from inspired idea to a global norm. The Sadlers are not afraid to dig into the ethical problems inherent in modern medicine, in the process offering a vital example of how to persist in the fight for what is right, even when transformative change seems impossible.

Takeaway: The inspiring account of twin brothers whose perseverance and ingenuity changed healthcare for the better.

Great for fans of: Atul Gawande’s Better, Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains.

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Cover: A
Design and typography: A
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Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 06/2022
  • 9781735873176
  • 200 pages
  • $25.00

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