Author Lucia Cristinoiu’s new book “The Grape Picker” is a compelling memoir of her life and career as a pediatrician, both in Romania and in the United States.

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Recent release “The Grape Picker” from Page Publishing author Lucia Cristinoiu is an illuminating reflection on her medical training in her native Romania and a heart-wrenching account of a devastating event that nearly changed the life of one of her young patients forever. When a five-month-old baby was brought in after an accidental fall, her parents were accused of abuse after a faulty diagnosis and negligent investigation; Dr. Cristinoiu’s determination to prove their innocence prevented a grave miscarriage of justice against a traumatized family.

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Lucia Cristinoiu is a Romanian-born pediatrician who immigrated to the US, learned English, and rose to the top of her profession, earning a listing in Consumers’ Research Council of America’s top pediatricians each year between 2004 and 2009. She has published her new book “The Grape Picker”: a candid reflection on her medical career and a memorable case of misdiagnosis with potentially devastating ramifications.

The author shares, “The story with the title ‘The Grape Picker’ was the main reason that I wrote this book. It is the story of an accidental trauma of a small child, misdiagnosed as child abuse.

Witnessing the painful experience that the child’s parents had to go through (the accident itself, the accusations against them, ACS involvement with subsequent placement of the child in foster care, the need to go in court), I came out with some conclusions. The doctors that are dealing with situations like that must have certain qualities: they have to be less opinionated, more flexible, on top of being very knowledgeable. If they remember the Hippocratic Oath, it will also be very helpful (particularly the part of not to be ashamed when you don’t know how to solve a case and call for other colleagues help when their skills are needed). It also affected me very much because the child was my patient.

My hope is that mistakes like the one described in my story will not happen anymore. For me, practicing pediatrics was like a bonus to my life. Working in this field has been interesting, challenging, and rewarding. It is occasionally sad, but more often, there were funny moments as this one.

One day, a two-year-old boy needed to receive a vaccine. To distract him, I started to ask him questions: what his name was (Michael), his mother’s name (Mama), his father’s name (Mama calls him John), and my name (no answer). In the meantime, I had already administered the vaccine without him realizing it. Two days later, coming back to pick up a medical form, the moment he entered the office, he started to spell my entire name correctly and said it out loud. And then he added, ‘No shots!’ Can you not laugh? He was only two years and two months old.”
Published by Page Publishing, Lucia Cristinoiu’s engrossing book is a doctor’s fascinating journey from a Romanian village to a new life and career in the United States.
Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase“The Grape Picker” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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