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Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon Paperback – May 25, 2010
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“Collins's gritty memoir traces his journey from a grimy construction pit to the hallowed halls of medicine. An engaging read--and a valuable reminder that doctors come from all walks of life.” ―Sandeep Jauhar, author of Intern: A Doctor's Initiation
“Collins has a poet's soul, whether describing the sunrise through a laborer's eyes or what it means to be human through a physician's. . . . Literary talent produces this fast-paced memoir filled with easy, unforced dialogue and authentic characters from all walks of life.” ―Booklist
“Collins has a superb ear for dialogue, and his breezy style makes his world spring to life.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This is a perceptive, no-frills memoir of a surgeon who succeeded by dint of hard work and brains.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs is a gripping, humane, humorous, and an enlightening read.” ―Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country, The Tennis Partner, and Cutting for Stone
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However, the more important theme is Collins' personal maturation from young man to grown man during this journey. Although it is clear that Collins' family gave him a very solid foundation upon to build, he simultaneously mixes humor with heartache (or rather, grueling work ethic) to reflect on his early 20s when he was less mature and searching for personal fulfillment and how on the road to medical school, he also developed into a very well-rounded and content family man. His personal journey is the true focal point of this book, while the professional journey is important, but secondary; for this reason, "Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs" is a great book for any age and any career path, but would also be *perfect* for a recent male college graduate. Toward the end of the book, it is interesting to read how his new roles as a husband and father begin to influence the various situations that he sees in the hospital.
I should additionally note that I may be somewhat biased in my review, seeing as I am a non-traditional, Irish-American student (and new mother) applying to medical school, so much of what Dr. Collins writes resonated greatly for me. However, I can also say (with experience) that anyone considering a trip to medical school via the non-traditional route should read this book for an idea of the type of work ethic that is necessary. The other thing that Collins very importantly writes is that keeping outside interests is of importance - I learned this the hard way!
Dr. Collins has a real gift for writing. Some portions of the book are hilarious, as he describes life in a rough-and-tumble family of several boys, the mailman-ambushing family dog, and life in blue collar jobs. But this book is much more than just the story of life on a different side of the tracks. We see Dr. Collins struggle with the realization that everyone can't be saved, ponder how a set of rational decisions in treating a terminal illness can lead to an outcome nobody really wanted, share with him the anguish of treating a badly burned infant and inflict pain. We get a glimpse of how doctors come to compartmentalize emotion in order to get their work done in what can be quite trying circumstances. And yet one senses that Dr. Collins has come out of this the doctor we all hope to have, one that can make decisions dispassionately and yet still cares about his patients. One couldn't carry the stories around all the years he has if they didn't have an impact, and we share with him the struggle to put them in their place.
Although this is actually his second book, it's sort of a prequel to his first. Since this is about his life before becoming a doctor and how he decided to become a doctor, I'm glad I read it first, and now look forward to reading Hot Lights, Cold Steel.
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I'm really curious about "the making of a surgeon" b/c I love to become a neurosurgeon. He has a really good sense of humor, I think the worker environment nurtured it very well :)... Read morePublished 13 days ago by TienDat
Being a fellow physician, I realize the sacrifice one makes in telling one's story of how they got to where they are. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Steven F. Wolfe
I'm 80 pages in and I can't put the book down.
The book has a lot of humor, and its well written. Read more
Collins' books are for anyone in the medical field. Period. Best books I've ever read-- I couldn't put it down! Also check out "Hot Lights, Cold Steel," his first book.Published 3 months ago by Sarah Edgerton
Dr. Collins' book motivated me to continue working hard and pursuing my dream of becoming a doctor. I come from a similar background as him and was able to relate to many of his... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MJ
Very Good Book. This book shows a man who is driven and has overcome many obstacles to be where he is at. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Keino
Collins has a knack for telling stories that teach important lessons about hard work and dedication, religion and morals, and philosophy and the human condition, all while... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ryan Taylor