It is a situation we all fear and none of us can imagine: a life-threatening diagnosis. But what if the person receiving the diagnosis–young, physically fit, poised for a bright future – is himself a doctor?

At thirty-one David biro has just completed his residency and joined his father’s successful dermatology practice. Struck with a rare blood disease that eventually necessitates a bone marrow transplant, Biro relates with honesty and courage the story of his most transforming journey. He is forthright about the advantages that his status as a physician may have afforded him; and yet no such advantage can protect him from the anxiety and doubt brought on by his debilitating therapies. The pressures that Biro’s wild “one hundred days” brings to bear on his heretofore well-established identity as a caregiver are enormous–as is the power of this riveting story of survival.

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“[A] vivid memoir…lucid and gentle. It is the story of the doctor with the heart of a poet.”
The New York Times Book Review


“A harrowing tale of one man’s journey to a place where, ultimately, privelege is no protection, told without a shred of self-pity or sentimentality.”
Entertainment Weekly


“For anyone contemplating a bone marrow transplant- this will be a valuable addition to the library of books that tell you and your family what to expect.”
Chicago Tribune

“Extraordinary. Fate gave serious pause to the young physician who wrote this powerfully affecting and instructive book — and, too, in a sense, fate gave us what happened: a writer’s thoughtful and stirring response to an experience that nurtured his expressive life even as it threatened his future. Surely every medical student will want to make this book’s acquaintance — and so too, the rest of us mortals.”
Robert Coles, Harvard University