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Sampson Davis was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He is a board certified emergency medicine physician and author of the" New York Times" bestsellers "The Pact, We Beat the Street, "and "The Bond. "He is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association's highest honor, the Scroll of Merit. He is a recipient of Essence and BET humanitarian awards and was named by "Essence" as one of the forty most inspirational African Americans. He is a founder of the Three Doctors Foundation and practices medicine in New Jersey.

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"A pull-no-punches look at health care from a seldom-heard sector . . . "Living and Dying "isn't a sky-is-falling chronicle. It's a real, gutsy view of a city hospital."--"Essence"
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"Gripping . . . a prescription to help kids dream bigger than their circumstances, from someone who really knows."--"People"
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"[Dr. Davis] is really a local hero. His story has inspired so many of our young people, and he's got his finger on the pulse of what is a challenge in Newark, and frankly all across America. . . . I think his book is going to make a big impact."--Cory Booker
"Some memoirs are heartfelt, some are informative and some are even important. Few, however, are all three. . . . As rare as it is for a book to be heartfelt, well written and inspirational, it's even rarer for a critic to say that a book should be required reading. This ought to be included in high school curricula--for the kids in the suburbs who have no idea what life is like in the inner cities, and for the kids in the inner cities to know that there is a way out."--"The Star-Ledger"
"Dramatic and powerful."--New York "Daily News"
"This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Sampson Davis's personal story is powerful, and his experiences in the ER room underscore the lack of effective health care in our underserved communities. Newark is lucky to have him as a citizen, and we are all lucky that he has shared his insights and expertise with us in "Living and Dying in Brick City." His is an important voice in the conversation on health care in this country."--Wes Moore, author of "The Other Wes Moore"
"This book just might save your life. Sampson Davis shares fascinating stories from the E.R. and addresses the inner-city health crisis. His book is an important investment in your most valuable resource: your health."--Suze Orman, author of "The Money Class"
"This book is living proof that behind the boarded-up windows of one of America
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"A page-turning wake-up call."--"Kirkus"

"This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Sampson Davis's personal story is powerful, and his experiences in the ER room underscore the lack of effective health care in our underserved communities. Newark is lucky to have him as a citizen, and we are all lucky that he has shared his insights and expertise with us in Living and Dying in Brick City. His is an important voice in the conversation on health care in this country."--Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

"This book just might save your life. Sampson Davis shares fascinating stories from the E.R. and addresses the inner-city health crisis. His book is an important investment in your most valuable resource: your health."--Suze Orman, author of "The Money Class"

"This book is living proof that behind the boarded-up windows of one of America's most neglected cities, beyond the sorrow and the pain, there is much more than we've come to expect. There is hope. There is change. There is redemption for Brick City. The book will open your eyes to a part of the world that most of us only see from behind the wheel of a tightly locked car. Sampson Davis is not afraid to lift heavy objects in this world. I'm glad he shared his journey with us, so that we know it is possible."--James McBride, author of "The Color of Water
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""Living and Dying in Brick City" provides a fascinating look at the interesting but often terrifying life of a medical professional in a tough inner-city hospital. More importantly it provides excellent and very practical advice about healthcare issues that are relevant to people of every socioeconomic group. It is entertaining while being helpful." --Benjamin S. Carson Sr., MD, The Benjamin S Carson Sr MD and Dr Evelyn Spiro RN Professor and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Praise for "Living and Dying in Brick City"

"This book just might save your life. Sampson Davis shares fascinating stories from the E.R. and addresses the inner-city health crisis. His book is an important investment in your most valuable resource: your health."--Suze Orman, author of "The Money Class"

"This book is living proof that behind the boarded-up windows of one of America's most neglected cities, beyond the sorrow and the pain, there is much more than we've come to expect. There is hope. There is change. There is redemption for Brick City. The book will open your eyes to a part of the world that most of us only see from behind the wheel of a tightly locked car. Sampson Davis is not afraid to lift heavy objects in this world. I'm glad he shared his journey with us, so that we know it is possible."--James McBride, author of "The Color of Water"

Davis (The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream) has written a medical memoir with a message. Born and raised in Newark, NJ, he watched his friends turn to lives of crime and drugs. He chose to stay in school. After finishing his medical degree and residency in emergency medicine, he returned to Newark to work at a hospital in his old neighborhood. Davis was troubled to see the effects of crime and poverty on the health and lives of Newark's residents, involving some he knew from childhood. This book is his response to that distress and a call to action to address the social and health issues that impact the inner city. Each chapter is devoted to a particular problem-domestic violence, drug abuse, asthma, gangs-and often concludes with a list of warning signs and advice and/or resources for those afflicted. VERDICT Written for the lay reader, this book will also be of interest to health-care professionals and anyone concerned about the effect of poverty and crime on the health of those who live in our inner cities.-Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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