Form detail:Dust jacket
Dimensions:229 x 153 x 26 mm | 540 gr
Page Count:304 pages
Illustrations:40 b&w photographs
As a longtime pediatrician, Richard Goldbloom placed a high value on connecting with and communicating with his patients and their parents. His ability to reach an audience is evident in this engaging memoir of his life.
Born and raised in a Jewish medical family in Montreal at a time when the gulf between English and French was deep, Goldbloom's physician father insisted that his children be fluently bilingual. Richard was able to move easily between the two solitudes in his early years as a medical student and a young practitioner.
An astonishing array of relatives, remembered here in loving detail, passed through their Montreal home. Richard recounts how he met the love of his life, Ruth Schwartz of New Waterford, Nova Scotia, the story of their romance, and how he was persuaded to move to Halifax. Richard became Physician-in-Chief of the IWK Children's Hospital, the leading pediatric hospital in the Maritimes. As a hospital administrator he sought to break down some of the stuffy and dysfunctional traditions of the medical world. As a public-spirited citizen, he and Ruth were intimately involved in promoting and advancing Halifax's cultural and intellectual life for decades.
A Lucky Life features many figures from the world of medicine -- and many from the worlds of theatre and classical music, where Richard's contacts were extensive and legendary. This memoir captures the compelling personality of a doctor who understands that healing is an art as much as a science.
"Richard Goldbloom's story is full of fun, relatives, and advice based on experience, kindness, and empathy with children. . . Don't miss this, it's a really great autobiography." - Charlottetown Guardian
"Enriched by his elfish humour, these stories twinkle with joy and shine from his impulse to serve the greater good." - Stuart McLean
"Richard Goldbloom, pediatrician extraordinaire, is also a gifted storyteller. His book is filled with his trademark humour, with sage advice for childrearing and the practice of medicine, stories about his musician friends and recollections of a happy family man. A life well lived . . . a book worth reading!" - Eleanor Wachtel
"With a twinkle in his eye, a piano sonata at his fingertips and a lifetime of healing behind him, Halifaxs Dr. Richard Goldbloom celebrated a literary milestone this week with the publication of his memoir A Lucky Life." - Halifax Chronicle-Herald