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The Real Grey's Anatomy: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Real Lives of Surgical Residents Paperback – January 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425232115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425232118
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The overachievers on the hit TV show Grey's Anatomy stand on the shoulders of M.D.s from decades of medical dramas. But health journalist Holtz finds more than a kernel of truth in the ABC white-coat soaper and notes, [O]ur attitudes and beliefs about surgery and medicine shift and adapt unconsciously while we take in the fiction from Seattle Grace Hospital. What unfolds in the book is a Cliff's Notes for surgical residents: the grueling hours—a max of 80 a week; the weird operating flukes—a flame bizarrely ignites from the gas in a surgery patient's gut; the need to give good care even to bad people. The anecdotes, however, seem as likely to come from Grey's as from real life. On the struggle in treating ailing criminals, one resident confides, I don't feel like my care was compromised by being aware that he was a criminal, but it definitely made me think about it. There's little new in these tales from the sick ward, but Holtz gives them all a Hollywood glow. (Jan.)
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Former CNN Medical Correspondent Andrew Holtz, MPH, is an independent journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of 'The Medical Science of House, MD' (2006), 'The Real Grey's Anatomy,' (2010), and 'House, M.D. vs. Reality' (2011).

In addition to 17 years experience as a CNN Correspondent, Holtz has reported stories and produced programs for PBS, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and other outlets in the U.S., Japan and Britain, for magazines including Oncology Times and Harvard University's Nieman Reports, and for web sites such as the-scientist.com. He reviews news coverage of medicine for www.HealthNewsReview.org

Holtz is a charter member of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He served on the Board of Directors of AHCJ for 11 years, including four years as Board President. He was AHCJ's Interim Executive Director in 2004-2005. AHCJ (www.healthjournalism.org) represents more than 1,000 journalists who cover health, medicine and the business of health care. The Center produces educational conferences and other training and development materials for journalists.

Holtz is a Clinical Instructor on the faculty of the Oregon Health & Science University.

Holtz is a member and former chair of the Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen's Advisory committee and is active in community efforts to make neighborhoods friendlier to walking, cycling and other physical activity.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M. Schmidt on November 9, 2012
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I was hoping for a book that would NOT be like the show. Instead, all of the constant comparisons with the television drama. I did not even finish the book.
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By Brit S. on June 10, 2014
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This book is just an opinion of the writer. He uses famous tv shows to make himself money. Nothing to do with the real Grey's anatomy.
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By lorp on December 19, 2012
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It doesn't grab your attention. The transition between the description of the Grey's Anatomy scenes and the real life scenario are not done very well. Some of the points are very interesting, but overall it isn't worth the time to read unless you are thinking about going to medical school and going through residency. If you are then I highly suggest it.
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By Leslie on December 11, 2012
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It actually was not what I was expecting, but it was a good read. I do work in medicine and love the drama of the TV show so this was a good fit for me.
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By Megan Laplante on April 19, 2012
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I received this book for Christmas and just got around to reading it.I finished it in about a week! I thought it was that good. You don't have to be a fan of Grey's Anatomy to like it. I am fan of Grey's and a medical studies fan as well. If you like medical/surgical esque things, then you'll like this! It was really interesting and informational. I learned a lot more from the book than I have from the show. It really made me understand doctors,interns,residents etc and made me appreciate them more.
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By Kala on August 29, 2014
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It's not a bad book considering I know very little about the medical field, but it's interesting and I like the references to my favorite show!
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