Bring ’Em All, the 50th anniversary photo book, embodies the spirit and the lifeblood of emergency medicine: anyone, anything, anytime.
See the breathtaking moments that comprise the lives and careers of American emergency physicians like you. Famed photographer Eugene Richards, author of The Knife and Gun Club, has created a collection of 50 stirring photo essays focusing on clinicians from across the country. These clinicians share their perspectives and insights on life and death amid an ever-changing medical landscape.
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“My father called me his ‘tiger.’ My parents let us know that, as girls, my sisters and I could do anything; the sky was the limit. That freedom was unique, especially for a traditional Nigerian household.
“We see and hear a lot of terrible things. They may make me sad, but they don’t break me. They don’t break me. I try not to take any of the emotional baggage home. There, I can just be a wife, a mom. Within those four walls, I have permission to cry. I can be scared. I’m allowed to feel confused, overwhelmed. But at work, there’s no room for that; a different persona is required.
“But at home, I pray. I pray for my patients. I pray for myself.”
Edidiong Ikpe, MD
Emergency physician | Atlanta
“I have a passion for civil disobedience. I get joy from arguing my position. I’m somebody who likes to question everything—and gets frustrated when there is no answer. I like to go back to the microcosm, the minor parts … but I’m also interested in the bigger issues—like why did we use to paint every emergency department ceiling black? The answer usually is that somebody over here heard somebody over there, and somebody over there heard a rumor …. I don’t want to comply for the sake of compliance.
“I guess you have to have a fair amount of self-confidence to push back, but the older I get, the easier it becomes. I’ve had pretty good luck with personal resistance. I’ve seen change … I know it can happen.”
Bruce Janiak, MD
EM pioneer & first EM resident | Augusta, Georgia
“It’s one thing to be good with children—but it’s equally important to understand how to interact with the families. You spend a lot of time reassuring them that everything is going to be okay—or trying to convince them to let you stick a needle in their child. And every situation is different … you have to learn how to read between the lines.