In The book "In Life and Death behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond", A Prison Doctor Offers Insights Into The System's "Correctional Medicine"
Dr. Isaac Alexis' newly-released book "Life and Death behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond" tells of his varied experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while at the same time book urges teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.
LIFE AND DEATH BEHIND THE BRICK AND RAZOR-CODE RED DIAMOND opens with a discussion of the leading risk factors for incarceration. As a template for overcoming those issues and striving for a life outside of the prison system, Dr. Alexis shares stories of his upbringing in South Jamaica, New York, where his disciplinarian mother and soft-spoken father raised him. The tough love he received led Dr. Alexis to steer clear of the gangs in the neighborhood. A family members' demise from a life of drug use educated him on the dangers of taking that route, and the death of his beloved grandmother from a stroke persuaded Dr. Alexis to pursue medicine as a profession. The desire to help people who do not have access to quality health care drove the author to focus on correctional medicine.
In LIFE AND DEATH BEHIND THE BRICK AND RAZOR-CODE RED DIAMOND, Dr. Alexis discusses medical conditions that he has treated in correctional facilities, including atrial fibrillation, deep venous thrombosis, shock, and hemorrhaging, with detailed explanations of the causes of these conditions and their effects on the body. Dr. Alexis also dives into the politics inherent in the prison system, where patients are often not viewed as human beings who need medical care, but as inmates attempting to con their way into a hospital bed so they can spend time outside of their jail cells. The author shares how his faith empowers him to advocate for the best medical treatment for the population he works with.
Dr. Alexis was inspired to write LIFE AND DEATH BEHIND THE BRICK AND RAZOR-CODE RED DIAMOND because he "saw the human component of health. People get sick. Period! It doesn't matter if you're free or incarcerated. You shouldn't have to lose your humanity in the process." In addition to addressing the medical care of prisoners, in the book, Dr. Alexis counsels teenagers on how to deal with peer pressure that could result in criminal activity. "I provide detailed steps to our young people on how to avoid going to prison in the first place.
About the Author
Isaac Alexis, MD, completed an internship in trauma surgery at Cornell University at New York Hospital of Queens, and he cross-trained in family medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Alexis served as medical director at the Department of Justice as well as director of infection control and chair of the quality improvement medical committee. He has several years of correctional medicine under his belt.
Dr. Alexis's book Life and Death behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond relays his experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while also challenging teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.
Softcover, $24.99; ISBN: 978-1535347150
Publication date: October 2017
Published by Isaac Alexis
Available at www.Amazon.com and Bypass Pharmacy in Beckley, West Virginia
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