The Knife and Gun Club: Scenes from an Emergency Room

By: Richards, Eugene

Price: $55.00

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Book Condition: Near Fine


Hardcover with dust jacket, gray cloth with silver spine titles and blindstamped cover titles, 21 by 27.2 cm, 237 pp., heavily illus. with black and white photographs. The hardcover is near fine with only some faint smudges on the ffep; the jacket is very good with some rubbing, edge wear, and a couple of tiny edge tears. A highly influential book told “in the words of the people who work there and in photographs that expose its very soul, photojournalist Eugene Richards explores the emergency room of a big city hospital. Dubbed the ‘Knife and Gun Club’ by local residents, the ER of Denver General Hospital is an acclaimed, albeit controversial healthcare facility. Richards first went there to do a report on emergency medicine for a magazine, but when the assignment was finished, he couldn’t stay away; he returned again and again working 12 to 20 hour days in the facility’s trauma and medicine rooms and out in the ambulances. A witness to terrible pain, to life-and-death decisions, and to occasional joy, Richards came to view the emergency room as a microcosm of life, where the restarting of a stopped heart holds the promise of the future, where a 6 hour surgery for a gunshot wounds carries the hurt of assassination and war. A doctor told Richards one night, as the sirens screamed and the action swirled around him, ‘people come here to die, and a lot of people do just that. But you didn’t do good if you didn’t try to save them.’”

Title: The Knife and Gun Club: Scenes from an Emergency Room

Author Name: Richards, Eugene

Categories: Medicine, Photography,

Edition: first edition, first printing

Publisher: New York, The Atlantic Monthly Press: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 3026