Tiny Medicine (Paperback)

One Doctor's Biggest Lessons from His Smallest Patients

By Dr. Chris DeRienzo, Eric Langshur (Foreword by)

Big Eye Books, 9781733733502, 224pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

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Every year, nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States. Most arrive safely and go home with their families in a matter of days. But not all babies come into the world healthy and almost half a million arrive well before they are expected. These newborns need tiny medicine. Told from the first-person perspective, Dr. Chris DeRienzo—a neonatologist, health system leader and frequent keynote speaker—walks readers through the human experience of caring for the world's smallest and sickest patients. His stories share the absurd and the sublime parts of being a doctor and detail how they have shaped who he is as a husband, father, and person. Readers will learn the secrets of the NICU, the loneliness that comes with life and death decisions, and the incredibly powerful sense of purpose and triumph that comes with just making it through the night and keeping everyone alive. In the end, this book delivers an insider's view of a doctor's life never before accessible without a white coat.

About the Author

Dr. Chris DeRienzo is a dedicated husband, a proud father, a mediocre triathlete, and a physician committed to improving America's health and returning humanity to the practice of medicine. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 15 "Up and Comers" Under 40, Chris currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Cardinal Analytx and sees his patients in the Mission Children's NICU follow-up clinic. A frequent keynote speaker on the intersection of humanity and technology in healthcare, he advises both state and national governments and companies from early-stage ventures to the Fortune 500 on issues related to healthcare quality, safety, and analytics. Chris lives with his family in Asheville, NC. Eric Langshur is the founder of Abundant Venture Partners. He is the co-author of Start Here and We Carry Each Other. He lives in Chicago.

Praise For Tiny Medicine: One Doctor's Biggest Lessons from His Smallest Patients

"By lifting the shield that protects his heart, Dr. DeRienzo provides a rare glimpse into what it means to be both human and a doctor. He proves that as physicians we do not have to check our souls at our patients’ doors, and his stories give readers hope that healthcare can be healed.” —Dr. Bridget Duffy, CMO Vocera Communications, Inc.

"This is a must read for anyone interested in peeking behind the curtain of modern healthcare into the real world of tiny medicine.” —Nate Klemp, PhD, Co-Founder of Life XT and co-author of the New York Times bestseller: Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing

"Tiny Medicine is an important book and should be required reading for everyone in the healthcare field ... it inspires us with real-world examples of humanity's hope, perseverance, dedication, and hope." —Eric Langshur, New York Times Bestselling Co-author of Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing