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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484987780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484987780
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,127,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Doctor Irv Danesh was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Before he started kindergarten he and his family had schlepped to five new homes because of his father’s jobs. This was to be a recurrent theme in his life. Like the main character of his novel Doctor Taco, Irv just didn’t concentrate well in college. Women and the lack of them had a lot to do with that. After the rejections for admission to medical schools in the States arrived, Irv joined the Diaspora of similar slacker pre-meds and journeyed south of the Border. Two years of cultural and academic re-education enabled Irv to trek back to the promised land of Brooklyn. More specifically Irv was nurtured at the world’s largest community hospital, Brookdale Medical Center. This mega-hospital provided him enough stab wounds, gunshot wounds, blunt trauma and general patient stupidity to regale his friends with stories for years to come. After two years of surgical training he decided he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life removing gallbladders or doing bariatric surgery. Being somewhat of an adrenalin junkie, he was in the right place at the right time to snag a residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the new field of Emergency Medicine. He has practiced in inner city Emergency Departments for 26 years. Dr. Irv’s job statistically has a high rate of burnout. He fought through two of these periods, the first by moving to Boston and serving as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Tufts School of Medicine. He later continued his career as Associate Director of Emergency Medicine at the Lawrence General Hospital. It was here that he had his second period of burnout. He again was in the right place at the right time helping birth USA Network’s Royal Pains. Irv started as Medical Consultant advancing over three seasons to Co-Producer. His MacGyver like vignettes such as skull drilling, fishhook chest wall stabilizing and other pseudo-medical procedures would never be allowed in AMA approved medicine. Then again Dr. Irv marches to his own drummer. He wrote Doctor Taco as a fictional account of the great American student exodus to Mexico in the 1970’s. Many of the scenarios are true, but needed to be altered to maintain privacy, sometimes his own. Dr. Irv lives with his lovely and grammatically correct wife, four artistic sons and dog, Harry. He loves the change of seasons except for the winter, which he curses every year. All in all he would rather be in South Beach.

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Doctor Irv Danesh was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Before he started kindergarten he and his family had schlepped to five new homes because of his father's jobs. This was to be a recurrent theme in his life. Like the main character of his novel Doctor Taco, Irv just didn't concentrate well in college. Women and the lack of them had a lot to do with that. After the rejections for admission to medical schools in the States arrived, Irv joined the Diaspora of similar slacker pre-meds and journeyed south of the Border.
Two years of cultural and academic re-education enabled Irv to trek back to the promised land of Brooklyn. More specifically Irv was nurtured at the world's largest community hospital, Brookdale Medical Center. This mega-hospital provided him enough stab wounds, gunshot wounds, blunt trauma and general patient stupidity to regale his friends with stories for years to come.
After two years of surgical training he decided he didn't want to spend the rest of his life removing gallbladders or doing bariatric surgery. Being somewhat of an adrenalin junkie, he was in the right place at the right time to snag a residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the new field of Emergency Medicine. He has practiced in inner city Emergency Departments for 26 years.
Dr. Irv's job statistically has a high rate of burnout. He fought through two of these periods, the first by moving to Boston and serving as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Tufts School of Medicine.
He later continued his career as Associate Director of Emergency Medicine at the Lawrence General Hospital. It was here that he had his second period of burnout. He again was in the right place at the right time helping birth USA Network's Royal Pains. Irv started as Medical Consultant advancing over three seasons to Co-Producer. His MacGyver like vignettes such as skull drilling, fishhook chest wall stabilizing and other pseudo-medical procedures would never be allowed in conventional AMA approved medicine. Then again Dr. Irv marches to his own drummer.
He wrote Doctor Taco as a fictional account of the great American student exodus to Mexico in the 1970's. Many of the scenarios are true, but needed to be altered to maintain privacy, sometimes his own. He hopes that you enjoy reading this story.
Dr. Irv lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with his lovely and grammatically correct wife and dog, Harry. He loves the change of seasons except for the winter, which he curses every year.
His four artistic sons all left for other parts of Massachusetts and N.Y.
All in all he would rather be in South Beach.

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I had a great time reading this very entertaining book.
Milton Demel
I very well written tale of a young Jewish boy who does not get into an American medical school and ends up in Mexico.
Paul Janson
This is a real life story that few people can imagine or understand.
Emgarb

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Janson on April 12, 2013
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I very well written tale of a young Jewish boy who does not get into an American medical school and ends up in Mexico. No details spared as he goes from a boy to a man and from a man to a doctor. Makes you really respect all the characters and foreign medical graduates in general. Needs a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By linda davis moon on April 22, 2013
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Read this book! It's an adventure will put you right there in the moment with a band of merry pranksters who despite all odds become doctors. It will have you laughing and rooting for the characters with each chapter. Im looking forward to the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carla on April 19, 2013
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Just started second read. Would make a great movie and/or reality show series. Can I be in it Irv???? Congratulations, an enjoyable piece of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emgarb on March 25, 2013
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Dr. Taco - la historia de todos los gringos estudiando medicina en Mexico! Irv Danesh crossed the border and survived an unusual and bizarre system that is described beautifully in this fascinating novel. He was able to graduate and successfully returned to the US to practice medicine. This is a real life story that few people can imagine or understand. If you didn't experience it yourself, this is the next best thing - was it worth it or not? Read Dr. Taco and make up your own mind! Could you have done it? The next time you see your doctor's diploma on the wall and it is in Spanish, think of Doctor Taco and what he went through. Que Hombre! I see a movie in the works with Harrison Ford as Irv now and Seth Rogen as the young Taco.
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By Dr. Jana Marjenhoff on September 4, 2013
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Great humor. Friends have started in medical schools in Mexico or the Carribbean, and this book is very realistic. Good for any student anticipating applying out of the country for medical school.
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By Jlh on August 27, 2013
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Great beach read. Think House of God-the early years in Mexico. Quickly hooked on following Sam and friend's adventures in their first two years of medical school south of the border. Waiting for the sequel.
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By joan burk on June 12, 2013
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A fast and funny read. Able to "see" and develop a reader relationship with the main characters Leading one of course to look forward to a sequel. Loyalty and love for the author aside...This is a fun book and with summer here in New England, a great beach book.
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As I lay on the gurney in the ER with a sliced open wrist and my wife and daughter for company, the Doc comes in a spies my wife's Kindle. As the nurses are getting me set up, the Doc tells her that he's written a book in addition to being a Doctor. She asks the title and downloads Dr. Taco right there in the ER. I borrowed it from her, and was very surprised. Excellent work Dr. Danesh, both on the book and on the wrist. I don't think there will be much of a scar thanks to your work.
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