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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
by D. Bruce Foster
Healthcare in America:
LIFE, LOVE, AND DEATH IN THE ER
The nation was shocked in June when four people in a Long Island pharmacy were gunned down by a prescription drug addict searching for a supply of opioids. The same month, the Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that an astonishing 78% of ERs have experienced at least one violent incident in the last year. And in July, The Wall Street Journal reported that emergency room visits for prescription drug overdoses have soared 500% in just the last five years.
As a prescription narcotic epidemic explodes in America, and as our emergency care system creaks and cracks under strain, a timely and provocative new novel exposes both the best and the worst of healthcare in America. In his debut novel, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, physician-author D. Bruce Foster takes his readers on a poignant and terrifying journey through the intense and chaotic world of modern emergency medicine.
Written with an authentic voice that could only be provided by a physician author, Foster draws upon his own two-decades as an emergency physician to chronicle a year in the life of young Dr. Alex Randolph—a year in which the unexpected becomes the expected, and the unthinkable becomes brutal reality.
Set in the scenic steeplechase country north of Baltimore, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye takes its readers on a breathtaking ride through life, love and death in the ER. In his new position as Chief of Emergency Medicine at Mason-Dixon Regional Medical Center, Alex Randolph reels under the accumulating weight of crushing ER workloads, a suffocating medical bureaucracy, crumbling personal relationships, and a deadly drug war that brings agony and death to his idyllic community. In a stunning and violent climax, Alex himself becomes a casualty of the drug war, and it is only the selfless love of one woman that stands between him and the specter of his own death.
With a panoply of unforgettable characters, a potent dose of sardonic humor, and profound insight into the human condition, Foster weaves a fascinating commentary on contemporary American medicine and culture. In intimate and often heart-rending patient encounters, he reveals our deeply schizophrenic attitudes toward suffering, pain and death.
With remarkable honesty and without editorializing, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye tackles many of today’s most controversial medical topics:
- The epidemic of prescription drug use and addiction in America
- The infiltration of narcotics into suburbia
- The role of government and regulatory agencies in a crisis of the American character
- The inevitability of suffering, pain and death
- When is enough enough at the end of life?
- The drivers of the cost of health care and the plight of the uninsured
- The impact of litigation and the regulatory environment on healthcare delivery
- The competing interests and internal conflicts faced by physicians on a daily basis
But ultimately, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is about human relationships and our daily struggle to find meaning in life. As Foster said in a recent interview, “The fear of approaching death strips away pretense and reveals the essence of one’s personality. The doctor is sometimes the lone witness to a profound glimpse into another person’s soul. It’s both a humbling and a joyful experience to be permitted that deep connection with another human being.”
D. Bruce Foster is an emergency physician and native of northern Baltimore County, Maryland, who for 25 years has served as chief of emergency medicine at a Pennsylvania hospital. He is the medical director of an aero-medical helicopter service, and is the author of two medical textbooks on electrocardiography. He currently lives with his wife on a farm in southern Pennsylvania.
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye will be available October 15th in print from Amazon, and in ebook format at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and the Apple iBookstore.
Review Copies Available Upon Request