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Anatomy of a Kidnapping: A Doctor's Story

Steven L. Berk January2 21, 2018

Four hours That was the amount of time between looking down the barrel of a gun and finding myself free along a silent highway lined by cotton fields In the time period that seemed eternal, my unique experiences as a doctor created an indescribable bond between myself and my captor I looked upon the situation just as I looked upon a medical emergency I took a deep breaFour hours That was the amount of time between looking down the barrel of a gun and finding myself free along a silent highway lined by cotton fields In the time period that seemed eternal, my unique experiences as a doctor created an indescribable bond between myself and my captor I looked upon the situation just as I looked upon a medical emergency I took a deep breath, hid my panic, and tried to solve the situation In March 2005, Dr Steven Berk was kidnapped in Amarillo, Texas, by a dangerous and enigmatic criminal who entered his home, armed with a shotgun, through an open garage door Dr Berk s experiences and training as a physician, especially his understanding of Sir William Osler s treatise on aequanimitas, enabled him to keep his family safe, establish rapport with his kidnapper, and bring his captor to justice This harrowing story is not just about a kidnapping It is a story about patients, about physicians, and about what each experience has taught Berk about life and death, mistakes, family, the practice of medicine, and the physician patient relationship It is a story about how Berk s profession prepared him for an unpredictable situation and how any doctor must address life s uncertainties.


  • Title: Anatomy of a Kidnapping: A Doctor's Story
  • Author: Steven L. Berk
  • ISBN: 9780896726932
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
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