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Eric Manheimer sees just about everything on a daily basis. As a doctor at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest hospital in the country, he's not shocked by the people he meets or the stories he hears.

Twelve Patients is exactly what it claims to be: twelve cross-sections of Manheimer's life, from “Juan Guerra,” the cancer-stricken serial inmate, to Marta, the middle-aged woman who reclaims her life after losing her daughter to pregnancy complications.

Reading this book feels almost like peering into a diary. Manheimer notes frequently that he carries a small notebook with him, documenting throughout his day. His stories are eloquent and intimate, and will affect the heart of any reader. (Grand Central)

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