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Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

James Kelly


This book is a nonfiction narrative grounded in the day-by-day, hour-by-hour rhythms of an intensive care unit (ICU) in a teaching hospital in the heart of New Mexico. It takes place over a thirteen-week period, the time of the average rotation of residents through the ICU. It is the story of patients and families, suddenly faced with critical illness, who find themselves in the ICU. The book describes how they navigate through it and find their way, acting as a sensitive witness to the quiet courage and resourcefulness of ordinary people. The book leads the reader into a parallel world: the w ... More

Keywords: intensive care unit, ICU, teaching hospital, New Mexico, critical illness, patients, families, illness, empathy, suffering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451683
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Kelly, author