THE EMERGENCY Launch with Thomas Fisher and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Join author Thomas Fisher in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates to celebrate the launch of THE EMERGENCY

March 23, 2022 in Zoom

As an emergency room doctor working on the rapid evaluation unit, Dr. Thomas Fisher has about three minutes to spend with the patients who come into the South Side of Chicago ward where he works before directing them to the next stage of their care. Bleeding: three minutes. Untreated wound that becomes life-threatening: three minutes. Kidney failure: three minutes. He examines his patients inside and out, touches their bodies, comforts and consoles them, and holds their hands on what is often the worst day of their lives. Like them, he grew up on the South Side; this is his community and he grinds day in and day out to heal them.­ ­

Through 20 years of clinical practice, time as a White House fellow, and work as a healthcare entrepreneur, Dr. Fisher has seen firsthand how our country’s healthcare system can reflect the worst of society: treating the poor as expendable in order to provide top-notch care to a few. In The Emergency, Fisher brings us through his shift, as he works with limited time and resources to treat incoming patients, and when he goes home—where he remains haunted by what he sees throughout his day. With the rare dual perspective of somebody who also has his hands deep in policy work, Fisher connects these human stories to the sometimes-cruel machinery of care.

Join us on Wednesday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Zoom for an unmissable virtual event to launch this deeply empathetic, vulnerable book and urgent call for reform. Author Dr. Thomas Fisher will appear in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, who provided The Emergency’s foreword.

Your $35 ticket includes a hardcover copy of The Emergency, to be shipped by our bookstore partner, Chicago’s Semicolon Bookstore, and admission to this one-night-only conversation.

Event Details

What was Included

Your $35 ticket includes:

  • A hardcover copy of The Emergency 
  • Admission to this one-night-only conversation

Date & Time

March 23, 2022
8:00PM ET to 9:00PM ET



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