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Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors 1st Edition
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Fortunately for all of us, there are plenty of individuals who would. The old axiom that surgeons are born, not made, holds true. Regardless of the rewards or penalties exacted upon their persons, surgeons can be nothing else but surgeons. So they tell us. And Dr. Ruggieri tells us plenty. In Confessions of a Surgeon, we read about his emotions, his late night thoughts, his shortcomings and misgivings, his resentments towards his patients, in short, his all too human traits. He writes about his mistakes, how they affect him, and how they affect his patients. Most patients don't like to think of their surgeon as a human being, but surgeons have all the limitations that the human condition entails. Star Trek Voyager may have the perfectly unflappable android doc, but you and I were born too soon for that. Some readers want the unvarnished truth, and here they will get it. If you prefer your surgeons on a pedestal, don't read this book.
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There is much humor, some of it dark,in the book. The information is true and written by a real doctor in the front lines of medicine and not by a non-medical scriptwriter or journalist.
His last chapter, WILL YOUR SURGEON BE THERE?, is a must read and could easily be changed to: WILL YOUR PHYSICIAN BE THERE? Physicians are now starting to retire at younger ages; not as many talented college graduates are applying to medical school; medicine has become a business and not a calling or profession; easier subspecialties with better work hours, more income, pleasant lifestyle, and time to sleep are causing a troublesome shortage of physicians in general surgery and primary care (internal medicine, pediatrics, and primary care.)
Dr. Ruggieri tells the truth in this highly readable and remarkable book. Surgery is a contact sport with life and death outcomes.
That said, the book was a tad heavy on how he feels day to day and extremely light on medical technology. If he had explained why cutting the wrong thing would cause problems and HOW, I would have enjoyed the book more than I did. No spoilers here - I won't go into detail about what I feel was missing as it is surely subjective. You'll probably find the book more than enlightening.
A good, solid book about modern medicine from the other side of the gown. And I'm really happy to see a doctor admit that we, the patients, have feelings and hopes - most doctors are standoffish and perfunctory. Maybe someday that cold, uninterested doctor will see me to have their computer fixed. I'd love the turnabout.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd characterize this book primarily as a rant against the current medical establishment illustrated occasionally by an anecdote. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Robert Lawton
I purchased this book in the hopes of becoming more informed about the life of a surgeon. I am currently an undergraduate pre-med student and I really wanted to ensure that I knew... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kristie J.
This was THE most amazing book I have read that has been about clinical experiences. I loved the charm and personality of Dr. Ruggieri. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tannaz Safari
This book brought a rush of adrenaline (and some anxiety) with each page. As someone who has recently had two abdominal surgeries, I found the reflections on all that could go... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ben
This book was written well and came from a very sincere place. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who is considering surgery or just wants to know more about the field.Published 2 months ago by kay dhillon
Great book. As a nurse myself I can see many truths in this book. I would definitely recommend this book!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer