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Initial post: Jun 16, 2010 5:53:50 PM PDT
BrainDoc says:
Hi Morgan:
I am a neurosurgeon and I have written a memoir on my internship with a particular focus on patient care and the role of physician residents and interns in the delivery of healthcare at teaching hospitals. Thanks!Take It from an Intern: Medical Advice from a Brain Surgeon

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 1:54:28 AM PDT
My favorite book about being an intern remains a classic, although horribly outdated: "Intern" by Dr X (actually SF author Alan E. Nourse writing under a pen name).

Pretty much every doctor trained in the US has read "House of God." I thought it was so-so.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 11:07:03 AM PDT
R.Eader says:
I would also take a look at:


Cutting Remarks: Insights and Recollections of a Surgeon

The Making of a Surgeon

King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery

Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted

Harvey Cushing: A Life in Surgery

The Intern Blues: The Timeless Classic About the Making of a Doctor

Being a surgeon I'm slightly biased towards surgical history/memoirs, I've read them all, and truly enjoyed them:-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2011 7:08:02 PM PDT
Mike Cyra says:
I've seen your book. Will find it and read it. I was a neuro surgical scrub for years.

Emergency Laughter

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 8:55:35 AM PDT
I don't know if nursing memoirs come into this category, but my book "Of Sisters and Sluices; anecdotes of Student Nurses at a London Teaching Hospital" covers life at Bart's in the 1960's when we were subject to incredible discipline, when doctors had to make diagnoses without the aid of computers, MRI's, Ultrasounds etc - usually by opening patient's up to "take a look", and when a post-op infection was considered to be almost a crime!

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 3:50:33 PM PDT
The doctor I worked with turned me on to the book Expected Miracles: Surgeons at Work, which led me to create my own web blog,

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 8:10:44 AM PDT
Maybe somewhat related...I'm a dental hygienist.

Mine are dental-themed. A memoir, "My Life in Mental Chains" about working in a dental office while suffering from severe OCD. And funny, dental romances, "Grin and Barrett", "Flossophy of Grace" and "Pillow Talk". All are on amazon.

Thanks :)

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 3:16:53 PM PST
Banjanx says:
Instead of writing memoirs, I wrote a tongue-in cheek ("sarcastic"?) textbook called "Cynical Acumen"...then "House" appears on the TV and everybody thinks, relatively speaking, I'm a reasonable guy. Pah!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 2:45:17 PM PST
Trained in the US in the 60s, Catholic Hospital. All that you speak of applied there too. Nursing was still "an art and a science," its success dependent on the practitioners ability to read emotions and relate to patients and not so much tend to machines . . . Watches were essential to set IV rates, to time and feel pulses . . . acute Listening skills to hear blood pressure sounds . . . mandatory Educated touch for procedures and applications, not only of creams, salves, and other medications, but also to sooth tired backs and skin pressured and ischemic from bedding, which was one of just a few ways we could prevent decubiti. Thank you for reminding me.

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 1:00:53 PM PDT
"America's Dumbest Doctors" - truly a jaw-dropping volume of physician misbehavior in America.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 6:44:14 PM PDT
Driven says:
Gweneth Wisewould had no direct descendents of her own but her Australian local community was as important to her as a family. The community deeply valued and respected her. She was "The Doctor" for over 30 years. This book recounts her historical view of the people, their lives and illnesses, the beauty and ferocity of the local environment and great difficulties being the sole doctor practising in all weathers and harsh conditions. Her material possesions only had value to serve the purpose for which they were intended. Payment for services was never a priority, the patient's treatment and recovery was all consuming.
"Outpost" exposes her great sense of compassion and strength of character in pursuing her own life on her terms.

She lived by Ralph Waldo Emerson's dictum; the whole adventure has been so very well "worth while."


Posted on Mar 23, 2012 8:48:30 PM PDT
Surgeon says:
I am a General Surgeon who worked for over three decades in India,Africa, Europe, and the Middle east. I have recollected the tragedies and triumphs of surgical practice in my book Reminiscences of a Surgeon and given a brief history of surgery as an appendix

Posted on May 3, 2012 6:00:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 12:59:02 PM PDT
I don't suppose anyone has yet requested that you remove the appendix...

Posted on May 31, 2012 7:49:45 PM PDT
M. Miller says:
A Taste of My Own Medicine (Kindle Single)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 10:49:02 AM PDT
apriljeff says:
I know this is an old post, but my brain cancer was treated at a teaching uni and I probably couldn't have gotten better care. I've put your short book on my wishlist for future reading.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 6:15:51 AM PST
jayn-ie says:
This book is a memoir of nursing a palliative child with Sandhoffs disease, who was undergoing a trial medication treatment not available in Australia and never before used on a child. Its also about her mothers journey with exploring the "why?" As a nurse who attended in the home, and edited the ms, I recommend this.
Artemissia: A Spiritual Awakening

What if your daughter is dying? How do you respond? This book shows how we are all capable of incredible greatness of spirit. And lightness of heart. Share with Kelly the spiritual journey that people spend lifetimes in monastries preparing for. She did it in her living room. Near Bryon Bay. And so can you.
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