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NDG Book Review: “Healing Violence” is a Timely, Motivational Read

By meerna Jul11,2024
NDG Book Review: “Healing Violence” is a Timely, Motivational Read

By Terri Schlichenmeyer

Thank you very much to your colleague.

That’s where you get that nastiness, that scratchy throat, the body ache, the stomach upset, the inability to sleep. He sneezed and that was it. Now you have what he had and you try not to spread it any more. As you know, and as the new book “Treating Violence” by Rob Gore, M.D., says, the epidemic affects everyone.

Once upon a time, Rob Gore had a brother.

Angel wasn’t biologically related, but soon after Gore’s parents took the young boy in, Gore considered Angel a sibling. They argued and played together. Gore took care of his “brother,” and as Angel grew older, he did the same for Gore. But Angel was anything but Angel, and he slowly started taking drugs.

Gore says he wishes he could do more to stop him. Ultimately, Angel was sent to prison.
Growing up in Brooklyn, Gore knew the streets weren’t kind to people who looked like him, people who were brown or black, and he understood early on how privileged he was. He got — and sometimes squandered — the best education. In high school, after getting a chance to “shadow” sports medicine doctors and noticing the lack of blacks in medical careers, he saw his own future. Gore attended Morehouse College with the goal of helping black and brown people in crisis.

According to the CDC, he says, “homicide…is the second leading cause of death among black males ages one to nine…” but there are ways to identify problems before they become dangerous, uncontrolled. That process includes examining the person’s childhood traumas and what happened to them as an adult, then listening, validating, and asking for calm. Gore understood that as a young doctor and decided to do something about it.

“Lack of funds was an obstacle,” he says, “but the seed was sown and my conviction grew.”

You’re tired of attending funerals and reading about another dead child somewhere. You’re ready for action. You’re ready to read “Treating Violence.”

Indeed, this book may light a fire inside you: Author Rob Gore, MD first explains what street violence does to black communities and families that is shocking and disturbing. So begins his biography, which is a brief (too brief!) introduction to how and why Gore ultimately founded KAVI, an organization that uses trained volunteers to reduce anger levels and any desire for revenge when someone is the victim of violence.

The story is gripping, but readers may feel a bit cheated by the rushed transition from Gore’s life and work as an ED doctor to KAVI. The information about KAVI and similar organizations may spur you on. The abrupt interruption of Gore’s personal stories may disappoint you.

Still, given the Surgeon General’s recent warning about gun violence, “Treating Violence” couldn’t be more timely or necessary. Find it, read it for its excellent biography, ideas, statistics, and urgency—and get to work.

By meerna

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