Life And Death Behind The Brick And Razor Code-Red Diamond


Non-Fiction - Social Issues
118 Pages
Reviewed on 01/07/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Life And Death Behind The Brick And Razor Code-Red Diamond by Isaac Alexis is a very informative book that parents must read if they have teenagers or children just starting middle or high school. The book is about his work in correctional medical facilities and what he has learned over the years. The author shares his personal experiences and makes a very compelling case for teenagers to rethink the choices they make. Isaac Alexis talks about how hard it is for the inmates to live a healthy life while incarcerated and how health problems can become more difficult over time. But it is not limited to that. Dr. Isaac Alexis also talks about drug addiction as not just an issue inside incarceration facilities but everywhere else. He urges teenagers to respect their bodies and make the right decision for themselves. Achieving your goals becomes much easier if you understand your body, protect it from any harm and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The author chooses his words very carefully to drive his arguments home. By sharing his own struggles with readers, he makes it easier for us to understand what he wants to convey. I felt a connection with the author who made it easier for me to take the advice and apply it to my life. He doesn’t just share tips; it is apparent that the author did his research and shares what he knows best. This book is like a wake-up call that we all need yet never get. Life in a correctional facility cannot be easy and it can take a toll on the minds and bodies of the people inside. This book will be helpful for the whole community as it offers information to educate and enlighten people about what can happen and how young people can avoid it for a better future.

Ruffina Oserio

In Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor Code-Red Diamond by Isaac Alexis, the author and prison doctor offers a glimpse of correctional medicine and takes readers along the painful path of human vulnerability and suffering in a life behind bars. Yes, for even in that life, the sick can be treated with less dignity and not even taken seriously. Imagine an incident where a patient is almost dying, in pain, and those responsible are quick to explain it away with the reasoning that prisoners are good at faking. The author shares his experiences in correctional facilities, working as a physician for prisoners while sending a message to readers.

This book discusses some of the medical complications and conditions experienced by people behind bars and outside. Combining his expertise as a physician, his wide experience, and the art of storytelling, Isaac Alexis offers information that readers need to know and sends a strong message to the young about the perils of life with advice on how to stay away from a lifestyle that eventually leads to incarceration. The writing explores strong social themes, including addiction, family, personal development, health, and the human condition. In prose that is fluid and enjoyable, this author provides a solid background to some of the health-related problems faced by prisoners and how to avoid them. It is interesting how skillfully the author writes about his early life, social issues, and how he chose the path of his profession and mission. As informative as it is inspiring, this book eloquently showcases the author's work.

K.C. Finn

Life And Death Behind The Brick And Razor: Code Red Diamond is a work of non-fiction focused on both medical and social issues concerns, and was penned by author Isaac Alexis MD. In this concise and informative journey through some of the most pertinent issues which currently occur for young people in modern life, Isaac Alexis gives salient advice on how to avoid a life of incarceration due to factors such as drug use, whilst also giving personal experiences of working in correctional medicine. Especially aimed at teenagers, this frank and informative guide aims to help others overcome their addictions and turn their lives around.

Author Isaac Alexis MD gives a frank, raw and honest look at his own experiences, both as a young person growing up in a tough area of New York, and also later when he worked in correctional facilities in the medical field. It is a tough and unorthodox read because of this frankness, but the narration is refreshing in its stark clarity, and it really conveys exactly what the future holds for many young people headed down a bad path. The prose flows well and is well organized to deliver sections from Alexis’s own memory, as well as examples and advice that go beyond the book into tips for concerned parents or those who work with teens out in the public sector. Overall, Life And Death Behind The Brick And Razor: Code Red Diamond provides essential detailed reading for young people who are a cause for concern and can genuinely help them turn things around.