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About the Author

Dr. James G. McCully trained at Duke University School of Medicine and The Mayo Clinic before he practiced diagnostic radiology for thirty years in both large and small hospitals. After retirement, he wrote a popular science textbook, Beyond the Moon: A Conversational, Common Sense Guide to Understanding theTides, currently found in over 300 college libraries. Now, he has written a collection of nonfiction stories taken from his career in health care. To the question, "Are these stories really true" the author says, "I could no more make up these parables from scratch than I could make a pearl from a grain of sand" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (October 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147973523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479735235
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good stories kept you wondering what was gonna happen next .
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I thoroughly enjoyed the writing syte and information content and encourage others to read this delightful book.
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I read the whole book but it was not a page turner or one I couldn't wait to get back to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Read Daily on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this medical memoir. But, I have worked in the publishing field, and--in my opinion--what is more important is the judgement of Kirkus Reviews, a highly respected resource in the publishing business. Kirkus Reviews says: "In this absorbing memoir...a wealth of funny, sometimes unnerving anecdotes...an entertaining, illuminating chronicle of medical pratfalls and misadventures...a doctor's reminiscences yield perceptive insights...but, these episodes convey more than perverse yuks and riotous misbehavior. McCully's painfully comical recollections of his own mistakes show the exhaustion, self-doubt and frailty that bedevil doctors beneath their veneer of unflappable expertise. A patient who treats his shingles with the blood of a black rooster prompts a meditation on the human craving for certainty and control, and a luminous remembrance of house calls serves to highlight the physician's role in reassuring people about the verities of life and death. He writes in a lively, vivid style infused with common sense, a keen wit and a knack for explaining complex medical issues. His astute observations reveal as much about the quirks of the soul as the mysteries of the body." I think the review from Kirkus perfectly describes this reading experience: a chance to gain a new perspective on healthcare and have some fun along the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sally Smith on January 18, 2014
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I was really looking foreward to reading this book. The title swept me up with intrigue. I was really disappointed with
both the writing and the humor. Just
couldn't finish it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dona Hageman on February 28, 2013
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Dr. McCully has done a good job with a memoir that is both educational and entertaining. As the nation continues to debate health care, McCully's observations are worth digesting. As a bonus, he's a pretty good writer and keeps the subject interesting at all times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Read Daily on November 29, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this medical memoir. But, I have worked in the publishing field, and--in my opinion--what is more important is the judgement of Kirkus Reviews, a highly respected resource in the publishing business. Kirkus Reviews says: "In this absorbing memoir...a wealth of funny, sometimes unnerving anecdotes...an entertaining, illuminating chronicle of medical pratfalls and misadventures...a doctor's reminiscences yield perceptive insights...but, these episodes convey more than perverse yuks and riotous misbehavior. McCully's painfully comical recollections of his own mistakes show the exhaustion, self-doubt and frailty that bedevil doctors beneath their veneer of unflappable expertise. A patient who treats his shingles with the blood of a black rooster prompts a meditation on the human craving for certainty and control, and a luminous remembrance of house calls serves to highlight the physician's role in reassuring people about the verities of life and death. He writes in a lively, vivid style infused with common sense, a keen wit and a knack for explaining complex medical issues. His astute observations reveal as much about the quirks of the soul as the mysteries of the body." I think the review from Kirkus perfectly describes this reading experience: a chance to gain a new perspective on healthcare and have some fun along the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jennifer s cline on August 31, 2013
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Loved this amusing,candid,and informative doctor's tale of his honorable career.Laughed and learned.As a nurse I would love to thank this MD for this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Wyatt on May 11, 2013
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This doctor does not know me but he is a neighbor and I know of him. It was interesting to read the actual skills needed by radiologists and how the skill set has evolved with technology.

We sometimes forget the learning curve that physicians must manage and Dr. McCully has done a good job of explaining his field in this book. It's not all x-rays as most assume.

All the new imaging devices have required new interpretations and it appeared to me that experienced, older docs offer a seasoned and reasonable diagnosis more often than not. I feel I learned about radiology, as well, as knowing how McCully trained and progressed as a physician.

The book ended by discussing patients suing capriciously our medical caregivers. I know we live in America and anyone can sue.

However, it is called the "practice" of medicine instead of the certainty of medicine for a reason. No one wants to harm another - particularly one who has taken the medical oath. I admire this man and wish him well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By t.d. wallman on December 28, 2012
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The book is a well written tale of the career experiences of a physician. He has skillfully incorportated anedecdotal events to bring humor and information to the reader. The final segment provides readers with healthful information debunking the alleged
"medical"hype scripts about to what we should or shouldn't eat or do. The simple message of moderation in our eating habits and exercise is the ultiimate key to the puzzle. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing syte and information content and encourage others to read this delightful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frangipani on September 6, 2013
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I quite enjoyed this authors memories of hospital work, which included others stories as well. I could only give it 3 stars
as it has been done before by other authors only much better. As an ex nurse I feel my review is well informed but the stories
have mostly done the rounds before. I would not buy the second of the series.
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