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Patients Talk about Money with Their Doctor

Michael D. Stein 

“Broke is a powerful read, one full of surprising details, that provides a fascinating portrayal of medical patients and their relationship with poverty. Stein lifts up his patients’ voices so we can understand just what they have experienced, and his own voice is gentle, reflective, and empathetic. This is  book every doctor and patient should read.” --Belle Boggs, author of The Art of Waiting and The Gulf. 


“Michael Stein presents the heartbreaking words of his patients who face the reality of having to choose between getting medical treatments or paying their bills. The room he creates for these patients to say important, moving, relevant things to him will capture the imagination of every physician who reads this. I have never read a book that moved me more, as a physician, regarding the plight, courage, and creativity of patients.”

--Raymond Barfield, M.D., Duke University

“These stories perfectly encapsulate the health-impacting decisions that those living in poverty make every day.” Library Journal

"Stein's powerful, evocative prose is not to be missed. He brings to his fiction the vividness and immediacy of a memoirist." - Library Journal


"Stein is a gifted writer and novelist whose prose is often poetry." - The Oklahoman


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