Wardlife by Andrew Steinmetz
Finalist for The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction in 2000
Finalist for First Book Prize in 2000
For nine years Andrew Steinmetz worked as a ward clerk in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department of a major hospital.
Wardlife is a series of riveting prose vignettes—intensely observed moments drawn from diaries kept during the nine years the author spent as a ward clerk. With character sketches, dialogues, and brief meditations on subjects ranging from the language of poetry to the language of medicine, Wardlife records the hospital experience—the pathos and pain, the humour and horror—of life on the wards.
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