Patricia Kullberg, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed
Broadway Books is pleased to welcome author Patricia Kullberg, who will read from her newly published book, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine. The book offers a unique and personal glimpse into a medical practice for the homeless and urban poor in Portland. Told through fifteen patient vignettes and drawn from the author’s decades of experience on the front lines, this revealing memoir illuminates the impact of poverty on the delivery of health services and the ways in which people adapt and survive (or don’t survive) in conditions of abuse and deprivation. Kullberg’s stories show the direct and sometimes devastating effects of poverty on personal health, poignantly demonstrating that medicine is as much a social enterprise as a scientific one.
Kullberg was the Medical Director for Multnomah County Health Department for 20 years. Her clinical practice served the disenfranchised of all sorts: the homeless, undocumented, disabled and unemployed. She currently facilitates writing workshops at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for women through Write Around Portland. On the Ragged Edge of Medicine is published by Oregon State University Press. Her historical novel, The Girl in the River, was published in 2016.