Rage and Reconciliation

Inspiring a Health Care Revolution

Edited by Lee Gutkind

Rage and Reconciliation, one of Creative Nonfiction's most popular issues, has been re-released. The book includes new essays and an 80-minute CD containing three essays read by professional actors and a panel discussion of the ethical dimensions of the issues raised. In this special issue produced in conjunction with Pittsburgh's Jewish Healthcare Foundation, writers tackle healthcare in America, including problems of patient rights and professional responsibility. In "Notes on a Difficult Case," Ruthann Robson details the traumatic results of a dangerous misdiagnosis; in "A Merging of Head and Heart," Judith Dancoff discusses her painful sexual dysfunction, the result of a pituitary tumor; and in "Postpartum," Nancy Linnon reveals her struggles with postpartum depression.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note Lee Gutkind
Foreword: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind: An Intimate Look at Medical Error Karen Wolk Feinstein
Introduction: The Rage That Inspires Reconciliation Lee Gutkind
Notes from a Difficult Case Ruthann Robson ... read more
The Agony and the Agony Deborah McDonald ... read more
Burden of Oath Linda Peeno
Babies as a Problem Richard Beach
A Merging of Head and Heart Judith Dancoff
Interesting Case: Do Not Discard Natalie Smith Parra
Hypoplastic Heart Ron Grant
The Last Train to Clarksville: A Journey Through Breast Cancer Diagnosis Cornelia Reynolds
Postpartum Nancy Linnon
Lessons from the Unlikely Erin Newport
The Right Thing Beth Kephart
A Measure of Acceptance Floyd Skloot
Rachel at Work: Enclosed, a Mother's Report Jane Bernstein
Breast Cancer #2 Margaret Overton
The Burden of Baby Boy Smith Helena Studer


Richard Beach

Richard Beach is a board-certified neonatologist practicing in Albuquerque, NM. He has also spent many years caring for AIDS patients and... read more

Jane Bernstein

Jane Bernstein’s most recent books include the memoirs Bereft: A Sister’s Story and Rachel in the World. She is also an... read more

Judith Dancoff

Judith Dancoff lives in Los Angeles, surrounded by several cats and many wonderful friends. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Other... read more

Karen Wolk Feinstein

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD is president and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its two supporting organizations, the... read more

Ron Grant

Ron Grant left his pediatric practice in 1999 to write and is now a first year MFA student a the University of Arizona. He is at work on... read more

Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of thirty books and dozens of essays, an award-winning adjunct at the University of Pennsylvania,... read more

Nancy Linnon

Nancy Linnon is a freelance writer, editor and teacher in Tucson, Ariz., where she lives with her husband, Jesse Vladimirov, and their son... read more

Deborah McDonald

Deborah McDonald grew up in Pittsburgh during the 1950s. She is a freelance writer and food critic. read more

Erin Newport

Erin Newport has recently completed her MA in English at Kansas State University. She lives in Topeka with her husband and five children. read more

Margaret Overton

Margaret Overton is a physician practicing anesthesia in the Chicago area. She recently completed her MFA in writing at the School of the... read more

Linda Peeno

Linda Peeno is a physician whose sole patient is our seriously ill health care system. Her experience as a medical reviewer for a prominent... read more

Cornelia Reynolds

Cornelia Reynolds writes and gardens in Elk, Calif. read more

Ruthann Robson

Ruthann Robson, a professor of law and University Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, writes legal scholarship and... read more

Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot's memoir, In the Shadow of Memory (Nebraska, 2003), won the PEN Center USA Literary Award. The sequel, A World of Light, will... read more

Natalie Smith Parra

Natalie Smith Parra is a native of Los Angeles, where she is at work on a book of creative nonfiction. She was recently awarded writing... read more

Helena Studer

Helena Studer, a former assistant professor of pediatrics, no longer practices pediatrics. She is currently at work on a collection of... read more


"Intense and searing"

Texas A&M University Press

In these intense and searing essays, a lawyer describes her seesawing emotions over a misdiagnosis of what she was told was an... read more

"A potent collection"

Pittsburgh City Paper

January 19, 2006

In many ways it's a potent collection [...] these essays movingly, and often incisively, diagnose some of what ails our health-care... read more