Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers
“Jay Baruch has long been fascinated by how illness can make people strangers to their own bodies, how we all struggle to maintain control as the body decays and life slowly becomes unrecognizable, and how health professionals discover and struggle with the limits of their own competence and compassion.”

ForeWord Magazine 2007 Book of the Year Honorable Mention in the Short Story category.

“Plunging into one of Jay Baruch’s stories is like finding yourself in a busy Emergency Room at two in the morning—here you will meet characters whose lives are urgent and not always what they seem on the surface. Like his characters, Baruch’s writing is vibrant and intense, and his vision is prismatic. He speaks in many voices, among them doctor, patient, family member, medical student, and even ER janitor, and so examines the world of health and illness from many points of view. I appreciate the way Baruch acknowledges the complexity of life, and then dissects it for us into so many planes of action and consequence.”
--Cortney Davis, author of I Knew a Woman: Four Women Patients and Their Female Caregiver and Leopold’s Maneuvers.

“These edgy, heartfelt, wryly humorous stories... tell us what it’s really like to doctor, to patient, to suffer and to redeem.”
--Samuel Shem author of The House of God and Mount Misery.

"There are few books that have conjured such feelings of futility and powerlessness in me. But these stories can do just that precisely because of their immediacy and reality. They challenge the reader to reflect on suffering." --Medical Humanities

"...he manages to tell our stories, and he does so beautifully..." --Annals of Emergency Medicine

"Open Ended'
Fiction--Hamilton Stone Review (Spring, 2013)

"What's Left Out'
Fiction--Hamilton Stone Review (Spring 2013)

"Soft Landings"
Fiction--Eclectica Magazine

"Empowerment Centers"
Fiction--The Battered Suitcase

"The Telephone Pole"
Fiction--Bryant Literary Review

Fiction-Bryant Literary Review

Fiction-Hamilton Stone Review

Fiction--Tattoo Highway

Hug or Ugh
Essay--Hastings Center Report

Big Incision
Essay--Annals of Internal Medicine

Recent and Selected Work

Eclectica Magazine
The Battered Suitcase
The Bryant Literary Review 12; 2011: 10-130.
The Bryant Literary Review 9; 2008: 24-50
Hamilton Stone Review 17;2009
"Tattoo Highway" Volume #16: Sidekicks & Fellow Travelers
Originally published in Hastings Center Report, an ethics journal, it was somehow picked up by Medscape and surprisingly became the most downloaded article for Medscape Emergency Medicine in 2012.
Annals of Internal Medicine 2012;156:836-837.
University of Toronto Medical Journal. First appeared in Ars Medica
NYU Literature, Arts and Medicine blog