New Memoir Chronicles One Iraqi Man’s Experience Moving ‘From Baghdad to Chicago’

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Asad A. Bakir looks at past and present state of the Arab World, politics, medical practice healthcare in the US

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Asad A. Bakir speaks to the culture and politics of Iraqi and Middle Eastern history and offers reflections about the contemporary practice of medicine in his new memoir, “From Baghdad to Chicago: Memoir and Reflections of an Iraqi-American Physician” (published by Archway Publishing). The book is available for purchase at:

In the book, Bakir discusses the Arab Renaissance and its demise. He also covers the events that occurred in Iraq from 1956 the present. At the same time, Bakir shares his life and work in Chicago, especially the 26 years, with over three of them being in training, he spent at Cook County Hospital. Along with the work at the hospital, Bakir comments on the state of medical practice and health care in the U.S., and how the digital revolution impacts the practice of medicine and healthcare.

“The past is not dead; it continues to shape our life and culture,” Bakir says, adding, “Today’s high-tech revolution has a great promise, but also a great risk for the life of the mind, and the ordering of society.”

“From Baghdad to Chicago”
By Asad A. Bakir
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 544 pages | ISBN 9781480857704
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 544 pages | ISBN 9781480857711
E-Book | 544 pages | ISBN 9781480857698
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Asad A. Bakir, a native of Baghdad, Iraq, finished medical school and served in the Iraqi Army Medical Reserve Corps before moving to Chicago, Illinois, in 1972, to do his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in kidney disease. He spent 26 years at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital as an attending and senior attending nephrologist and director of the dialysis unit. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Nephrology and a professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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