The Blood of Strangers
This small hardback publication is easy to overlook when browsing the crowded shelves in the bookshop. Its austere cover, a photo of a darkened, empty operating theatre, does not scream at you for attention. However, the book is worth hunting down as Frank Huyler's first foray into popular literature is a gem.
Huyler is almost certainly an unknown to most of us; he is a full time physician, part time poet who works in an emergency department in New Mexico. What then, you might ask, has he got to offer the reading masses? The answer to this question lies in his amazingly varied experience, both as a medical student and later as a resident and attending physician.
The Blood of Strangers is a collection of case vignettes of a sort; not clinical histories but true short stories about characters, both patients and staff, that the author has met during his