WilmU Book Club

March 2019  |  No Apparent Distress

Monday, March 18, 2019  |  12:30 PM
Pratt Student Center, New Castle Campus

Please join us for a discussion of Dr. Rachael Pearson's book, No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine. Borrow a copy of the book from the Delaware Library Catalog.

Can't make it in person? Attend online! https://zoom.us/j/825514801

RSVP to reserve your spot today!

No Apparent Distress book cover by Rachel Pearson, MD


A brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.

No Apparent Distress begins with a mistake made by a white medical student that may have hastened the death of a working-class black man who sought care in a student-run clinic. Haunted by this error, the author—herself from a working-class background—delves into the stories and politics of a medical training system in which students learn on the bodies of the poor. Part confession, part family history, No Apparent Distress is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.


Rachel Pearson, MD, PhD, is a resident physician who also holds a PhD from the Institute for the Medical Humanities. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, the Guardian, the Texas Observer, and the New York Times Book Review.

Upcoming Book Club Events

  • April 8, 2019: WilmU Book Club | Mudbound
  • May 23, 2019: WilmU Book Club | Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth