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Barna Richards spent 44 years living the stories in his first book. We often think doctors have it made. You rush to the ER and someone fixes your problem. Your cut is on its way to mending. Your life is saved and you wake up later in a comfortable bed. Faces might linger in your memory but rarely does anyone remember the doctor in the ER. What did it take to get from Wink, Texas, to the room where he saved a life? Hearing the stories changes the way you see the ER doctor.
44 Years in the ER
Many a heroic story has been written about emergencies and emergency rooms. The stories in this book are true. Some will convince you that truth is stranger than fiction. Looking back, my ER journey—filled with anxious nights, successful nights, and hellish nights of regrets— evolved with the history of the ER. That history documented change, progress and finally a specialty arm of medicine. 44 Years in the ER documents the evolution of the ER from the 1960s to the end of the century in the Dallas/Fort Worth area—its history and its heroes.
About the Author
Barna A. Richards, M.D., FACEP Born in 1935 in Weatherford, Texas, Barna Richards grew up in Ranger and Wink, Texas. He attended Wink High School, played on the 1952 state championship football team and graduated in 1954. His career began at North Texas State College (now UNT) in pre-med and he graduated in 1959 with a BA in biology. Dr. Richards received his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. He received an internship and family practice residency at John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas, from 1963 until 1965. He worked in solo private practice, in family medicine from 1965 to 1991. He worked in the ER during these years, nights and weekends. Dr. Richards served as Medical Director and staff physician of the emergency department at Arlington Memorial Hospital, Arlington, Texas – 1987 to 2006; Medical Director, EMS, City of Arlington, Texas – 1987 to 1997; Medical Director, EMS, City of Pantego, Texas where he monitored and taught cardiac and trauma care to paramedics – 1988 to 1996.