Behind the Curtain: Life from Within the ER


Behind the (ER) Curtain with Jeffrey E. Sterling, M.D.

  • Have you ever wondered what goes on in a hospital ER?
  • Have you ever had a relative or friend experience being an ER patient?
  • Have you ever been an ER patient?

If your answer to either of these questions is yes, then you will enjoy reading about Dr. Jeffrey Sterling’s many and diverse experiences from “Behind the Curtain: A Peek at Life from Within the ER”. You will also learn much.

Author photo_SmallerAn interview of Dr. Jeffrey E. Sterling by Dr. Norma J. Goodwin, Founder and President of Health Power for Minorities (Health Power).

Behind the Curtain gives a bird’s eye view of Dr. Sterling’s  many and various ER experiences, and explains why they were so important.

Dr. Goodwin/Health Power: What motivated you to write “Behind the Curtain”, which I will also call “Behind the ER Curtain”?

Dr. Sterling: I have been very fortunate to share hundreds of experiences in Emergency Rooms, and I wanted  to share a variety of those experiences with others. In doing so, I have had an opportunity to share key messages with readers of the book.

Dr. Goodwin: What were the most important messages you wanted to share?

Dr. Sterling: The key messages I share with Behind the Curtain readers include:

  • Many illnesses that result in a person ending up in the ER are avoidable through healthy lifestyles and giving attention to preventive health care.
  • A wide variety of clinical situations are experienced by ER physicians, and they present many challenges – for the patient as well as the physician.
  • At the same time, life as an ER physician can be very enjoyable, in spite of the many challenges one confronts.
  • The frequency of unanticipated situations that require quick decision making in very busy environments.
  • Behind the Curtain provides many ER physician recommendations for what to do, not only in the ER, but afterwards.

Dr. Goodwin: Since you mentioned various things people can do to keep them out of the ER, give a few examples:

Dr. Sterling:

  • Overeating – with the development of obesity
  • Inadequate physical activity – which also increases the risk of obesity
  • Smoking – with the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD)
  • Physical mental and psychological abuse
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Texting while driving
  • Vascular disease of the feet with diabetes, and
  • Trauma, such as from stab and bullet wounds. 

Dr. Goodwin: Although you are an expert on Emergency Room Care, I’m aware that your career goes well beyond the  ER Curtain. Specifically, in addition to writing books, you are known as a business development expert, and the head of   “Sterling Initiatives”, and  a blog called “Straight, No Chaser”. In fact, your various professional activities, altogether, are known as “Sterling Medical Advice”.

As two physicians who are both public health specialists, communication experts, and business specialists, I look forward to our collaborating between Sterling Medical Advice, and Health Power.

And I leave both our audiences with the Health Power motto or tagline:

Knowledge + Power = Action!®

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