Memoir Offers a Rare Glimpse into another Side of the Medical Profession

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Stephen H. Smith, M.D. leads readers to new realizations as he shares his experiences in the field of medicine

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Overcrowded hospitals is just one of the problems that doctors are struggling with in the aftermath of the twin earthquakes that struck Iran last Saturday. The death toll has risen to over 250 on Sunday and the number of individuals seeking medical attention continues to increase. This reality exemplifies the harrowing dilemmas that professionals in the field of medicine and healthcare are confronted with in the course of their profession. In his gripping memoir, Rantings Of An Insomniac: Or I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said, Stephen H. Smith, M.D. shares a rare glimpse into a side of the medical world that most people do not see.

Eye-opening and thought-provoking, Rantings Of An Insomniac starts with the author’s own personal experience with the events in the spring of 2008 that involved the FLDS in El Dorado, Texas. “It’s quite possible that if too many people in my hometown read this, my family and I will have to pack up and leave,” Smith says of this book.

This memoir tackles his personal experiences in the medical field, which he mirrors with some of today’s issues. Here he shares some interesting tales of his patient visits—one of which involved a client originally scheduled for a cough appointment which turned into a screenplay with a cast of pigs, bisexual cousins, a drunken NASCAR fan, a jealous husband, and a schizophrenic neighbor selling Easter baskets full of sex toys. It discusses how people are always afraid of something and how it has become the author’s calling to help as many people with their fear as possible.

A clever and insightful tome, Rantings Of An Insomniac: Or I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That portrays the daily grind and peril that doctors undergo as it raises pertinent questions on love, duty, fear and loyalty.

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About the Author
Originally forged in Texarkana, Texas, Dr. Stephen Smith has been the subject of numerous and necessary modifications in the states of Texas, Alaska, and Colorado, and now uncomfortably resides in his hometown of San Angelo, Texas. He’s liberal and most of his neighbors are not, so he’s just one John Birch Society meeting away from being tarred and feathered. Despite several futile attempts to flunk out of medical school, he finally caved and went with the flock in obtaining his medical degree. After completing an Internal Medicine Residency at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, where he served as chief resident, he and his family were moved to San Angelo at the request of all fundamental, right wing tight-asses that lived along the I-35 corridor in central Texas. His wife of 22 years, Paige, is a true saint and mighty fine English riding instructor. They have two beautiful children named Graham and Abigail, and they have both blossomed in spite of their flaky father.

Rantings of an Insomniac * by Stephen H. Smith, M.D.
Or I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That
Publication Date: May 19, 2009
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