Anatomy of a Kidnapping
By Steven L. Berk MD
Featured on Biography’s “I Survived” (Episode 78) on July 22!
Four hours. That was the amount of time between looking down the barrel of a gun and finding myself free along a silent highway lined by cotton fields. In the time period that seemed eternal, my unique experiences as a doctor created an indescribable bond between myself and my captor. I looked upon the situation just as I looked upon a medical emergency: I took a deep breath, hid my panic, and tried to solve the situation.
This phenomenal memoir evokes Lewis Thomas and Richard Selzer in its insights into medicine, but it is also the suspenseful drama of an encounter with a criminal that could have ended badly. One moment in [Berk's] life is ultimately decided by a lifetime of experience as a dedicated physician and teacher. Truly a harrowing, wonderful and ultimately a redemptive tale.
—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone