In 2007, Elisha Waldman, a New York pediatric oncologist, was offered his dream job at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center. He was going to give something back to the land he loved. This Narrow Space is his memoir of the seven years he spent taking care of children – Israeli Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and Palestinian Arabs – with one devastating thing in common, cancer. Navigating Israeli bureaucracy, war, cultural clashes, and the religious restrictions of his patients that sometimes interfered with their care, Waldman learned to be content with small victories: a young patient whose disease went into remission, brokenhearted parents whose final hours with their child were made meaningful and comforting. He tells the story of the complex cultural terrain he learned to navigate and about the heartbreakingly brave and endearing children he cared for, children from Me’ah She’arim, Ramallah, and Gaza City.
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