Under the Gun
An ER Doctor's Cure for America's Gun Epidemic
A doctor's firsthand account of the devastating impacts of gun violence—and how we can end this epidemic.
Gun violence has become the leading cause of death for children and has decreased the lifespan of American adults by 2.5 years. In 2021, more than forty-eight thousand people were killed by guns in the United States. Nearly twice as many were injured. But beyond these statistics are the untold stories of doctors and health care workers who work to save the lives of victims of gun violence.
In this powerful and moving book, Cedric Dark takes readers into the harrowing experiences of these physicians. Dark intertwines these stories with an examination of policies that could save countless lives. Combining research, an examination of gun culture, and an exploration of policy options, Under the Gun equips readers with a new understanding of the data and stories needed to confront and persuade politicians to better protect the health and safety of Americans.
As an emergency room doctor whose own family has been affected by gun violence, Dark intimately understands how gun violence can destroy lives and communities. He reflects on the events that bring people to the ER while also talking to doctors who not only treat victims of gun violence but also own guns themselves. Under the Gun is a powerful meditation on this uniquely American epidemic and an urgent call to action toward a balanced gun policy in the United States.
About the Authors
Cedric Dark, MD, MPH, is a board-certified emergency physician practicing in a Houston, Texas trauma center. An assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, he also serves as the medical editor-in-chief of ACEP Now, the official voice of emergency medicine. His website is cedricdark.com. Dr. Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, public health physician, and director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. She is the author of eight books, including Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them. Her website is seemayasmin.com.
"Under the Gun uses all the tools in Dr. Cedric Dark's belt—years of caring for gunshot victims at Houston's county hospital, a public health degree, a personal history with firearms—to argue that American gun violence is an epidemic. This is a must-read for anyone who believes that medicine must enter politics if we are to heal our most urgent ailments."
"Under the Gun reminds us that making public policy and keeping our communities safe are collaborative efforts that benefit from the wisdom, experience, and participation of many. Through this insightful and compelling work, Dr. Dark demonstrates that gun violence prevention is, and must be, all of our lane."
"Dr. Cedric Dark exposes the reality of the epidemic of gun violence in a way that few authors can. Through his experience as an emergency room doctor, researcher, and educator, he provides a unique lens on this public health crisis and why we must work together to end it. Anyone interested in solutions to reducing firearm-related injuries must read this book."
|Johns Hopkins University Press
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