Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Chaotic Life of a Physical Therapist Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Chaotic Life of a Physical Therapist Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center Review

M*A*S*H meets Scrubs in a sharply observant, darkly funny, and totally unique debut memoir from physical therapist Adele Levine.
 
In her six years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Adele Levine rehabilitated soldiers admitted in worse and worse shape. As body armor and advanced trauma care helped save the lives—if not the limbs—of American soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, Walter Reed quickly became the world leader in amputee rehabilitation. But no matter the injury, physical therapy began the moment the soldiers emerged from surgery.
 
Days at Walter Reed were intense, chaotic, consuming, and heartbreaking, but they were also filled with camaraderie and humor. Working in a glassed-in fishbowl gymnasium, Levine, her colleagues, and their combat-injured patients were on display at every moment to tour groups, politicians, and celebrities. Some would shudder openly at the sight—but inside the glass and out of earshot, the PTs and the patients cracked jokes, played pranks, and compared stumps.
 
With dazzling storytelling, Run, Don’t Walk introduces a motley array of oddball characters including:  Jim, a retired lieutenant-colonel who stays up late at night baking cake after cake, and the militant dietitian who is always after him; a surgeon who only speaks in farm analogies; a therapy dog gone rogue; —and Levine’s toughest patient, the wild, defiant Cosmo, who comes in with one leg amputated and his other leg shattered.
 
Entertaining, engrossing, and ultimately inspiring, Run, Don’t Walk is a fascinating look into a hidden world.

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  • Greta

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center was the longest-operating military hospital in the United States. Named after a young army doctor, Major Walter Reed, who discovered the cause of yellow fever, it opene...

  • BrokenTune

    4.5*It's not like I have run out of books to read, and yet, I keep picking this one up again and again re-reading parts.Run, Don't Walk is the story of Adele Levine's (the author's) time as a physical...

  • Donna Davis

    I loved this memoir. It comes out in May, and you should get a copy. You don't have to be even slightly interested in reading about physical therapy to enjoy this book. It is a stellar memoir, enterta...

  • Angie

    I liked this a lot more than I expected to. I feel like I've said that about a lot of books lately.This book isn't about physical therapy. It isn't about politics. It isn't about regrets. It's a wonde...

  • Liralen

    Reading this, I was reminded strongly of Weekends at Bellevue. Not so much the content, although both authors work(ed) in what I'd call high-stress medical settings, but the impression both authors gi...

  • Michelle

    Physical therapist and author Adele Levine has written this stunning and superb medical tribute of the war amputee's injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, that return within 72 hours of combat injury to Wa...

  • Sue

    I am in a book club that enjoys each other's company as much as we enjoy dinner and drinks after a long day in the clinic, and this is our current book club selection (not a surprising choice since we...

  • Koren

    The author is a physical therapist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and takes place in the early 2000's. This is a part of war that the public seldom sees or hears about. It was incredible to me to ...

  • Nikhil

    The issue with the writing of most medical professionals is that it is often a self-aggrandizing chronicle of overcoming trials and tribulations. Adele Levine manages to avoid writing another jaded re...

  • Virginia

    I found this book ....ordinary. I thought it would be full of riveting stories that would make me laugh out loud or grab an extra box of tissues. I'm a military brat so I was really interested to hear...