"Carrying the Black Bag: A Neurologist's Bedside Tales" by Tom Hutton, M.D. Released:

Published by Texas Tech University Press, "Carrying the Black Bag" is now available nationwide

Jan 13, 2016, 09:37 ET from TOM HUTTON, author

LUBBOCK, Texas, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Tech University Press announces the release of Carrying the Black Bag:  A Neurologist's Bedside Tales by Tom Hutton, M.D.  Carrying the Black Bag is available in hardcover (6 x 9, 257 pages; photographs; ISBN: 978-0-89672-954-4) and eBook ($9.95) editions.

During his thirty-plus years of practicing in West Texas and Minnesota, physician and neurologist Tom Hutton discovered that a doctor's best teachers are often his patients. From these (extra)ordinary individuals, Hutton gained a whole-hearted respect for the resourcefulness, courage, and resilience of the human spirit. Hutton's patients-and the valuable lessons they taught-served as the inspiration for Carrying the Black Bag.

Part memoir and part tribute to the patients who faced major illness with grace, grit, and dignity, Carrying the Black Bag invites readers to experience what it is like to be a doctor's hands, eyes, and heart. Imagine the joy of witnessing a critically ill five-year-old who, against all odds, claws her way back from a coma and near certain death. Meet a lonely Texas widower with Parkinson's disease who hosts elaborate pinochle parties for a pack of imaginary canines. Step into the surgical booties of the author when he attempts to deliver his own child amid heart-stopping obstetrical complications-during a paralyzing Minnesota blizzard.

Through real-life patient narratives, Hutton shines light on ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. Moreover, this captivating tale captures the drama of medicine-its mystery, pathos, heroism, sacrifice, and humor.

Tom Hutton, M. D., is an internationally-recognized clinical and research neurologist and educator. The past president of the Texas Neurological Society, Dr. Hutton served as professor and vice chairman of the Department of Medical and Surgical Neurology at the Texas Tech School of Medicine. He now lives on his cattle ranch near Fredericksburg, Texas. Visit Tom Hutton online at: https://jthomashutton.wordpress.com/

Texas Tech University Press, the book publishing office of the university since 1971 and a member of the American Association of University Presses since 1986, publishes nonfiction titles as well as several scholarly journals, acclaimed series for young readers, an annual invited poetry collection, and literary fiction of Texas and the West.


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