12/11/17

Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond Book Review & Giveaway


By on 12/11/2017 09:36:00 AM

This morning, I have non-fiction book featured in our review spotlight.   Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond, by Dr. Isaac Alexis, promised a look into the world of correctional medicine.  What did I think of Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor : Code Red Diamond?  


Book Title: Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond
Author: Isaac Alexis, MD
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 100 pages

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book

A prison doctor offers insights into the system's "Correctional Medicine"

Dr. Isaac Alexis' newly-released book Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond tells of his varied experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while at the same time urges teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

Dr. Isaac Alexis brings the fast-paced, high-pressure reality of correctional medicine to readers in his new book. He discusses health problems that inmates face during incarceration and offers detailed descriptions of medical complications that plague many people inside and outside of prison. He also speaks directly to young people about avoiding gangs and drug addiction, as well as respecting their bodies in order to preserve their physical and mental health and their freedom. Dr. Alexis's personal experiences growing up in a tough New York neighborhood act as examples of how young people can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

The desire to help people who do not have access to quality health care drove Dr. Isaac Alexis to focus on correctional medicine. The author also shares how his faith empowers him to advocate for the best medical treatment for the population he works with.

A fascinating and important book, Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is a book that should be read by anyone dealing with teenagers and young adults whether in the home, public or educational facilities.

My Review

Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond tells a story few of us hear.  Realistically, I think most of us expect incarceration to be difficult from an emotional and psychological standpoint.  However; the physical health of inmates and the challenges inmates (and correctional facility healthcare staff) face are seldom considered.  This book sheds light on some of the more common health problems noted in the correctional facility population--and on the problems faced in caring for that population.  By discussing aspects of health and wellness in life both before and after an individual is incarcerated--Dr. Alexis offers advice and a wake up call that most of us may not have considered.

Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is brief, yet packed with information.  The author shares a lot of medical facts and gives readers a lot of information about the diseases and ailments faced.  He dots case studies of real inmates that he has treated along with a lot of personal, family details as well.  Although the book is a short, quick read--it should have a lasting impact on its readers.

Would I Recommend Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond.  The author writes this book partly for the community to use as a deterrent to incarceration.  The author presents valid points from years of experiences--both in the correctional medicine field and from life in New York City--and seems very sincere in his beliefs and presentation. Part memoir and autobiography (to show readers what he accomplished with a strict upbringing and a goal driven mindset) and part public service announcement (as he discusses the risks and impacts of both hereditary diseases and those caused by lifestyle choices in a prison environment); the book is written rather uniquely.  The author's writing style changed rather sharply from a life story-telling mode toward the book's end and his messages to readers become very abrupt and more forceful.  If you are looking for a book that can serve as a motivational/self help tool for use with at-risk populations--this book is written from a perspective that has not often been presented.  


To read more reviews, please visit Dr. Isaac Alexis' page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:



Isaac Alexis, MD, completed an internship in trauma surgery at Cornell University at New York Hospital of Queens, and he cross-trained in family medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Alexis served as medical director at the Department of Justice as well as director of infection control and chair of the quality improvement medical committee. He has several years of correctional medicine under his belt.

Dr. Alexis's book Life and Death behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond relays his experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while also challenging teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

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