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RICHARD KESSLER, M.D., F.A.C.S., retired from the practice of medicine in 1995 after more than 30 years as a surgeon at the VA Hospital in Manhattan. He was also an attending surgeon at Bellevue Hospital. As a full professor at the NYU Medical School, he taught surgery and anatomy. After college, Dick Kessler spent a post-graduate year studying anatomy at the University of Toronto with Dr. J.C. Boileau Grant, a leading 20th Century anatomists whose "Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy" is still a required text. Upon entering the medical school of McGill University in Montreal, he was asked to teach anatomy to his classmates because of his 400 hours of instruction from Dr. Grant. Though retired from the practice of medicine, he still teaches anatomy to first-year medical students at NYU. During his career, Dr. Kessler published 60 articles and abstracts in peer review journals, but he wanted this book to be read by people with no medical training. "Because of the confusion caused by the on-going debate about health care reform," he told his co-author, “I feel an obligation to tell what I have seen, heard, and learned first-hand over half-a-century as a medical student, an intern, a resident, a practicing physician, a general surgeon, a U.S. Army doctor, a teacher, a researcher and an expert witness in medical malpractice law suits.” Co-author PATRICK TRESE has been writing professionally since college, mostly network news and documentaries for NBC News where he learned to translate complicated legal, political and scientific language into plain, readable English. During his 30 years at NBC, his writing and producing awards included a Peabody and several Emmys. His book about covering DEEP FREEZE II & III in Antarctica, "Penguins Have Square Eyes", was published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston in 1962. Caril, the story of Caril Ann Fugate, who became involved with mass-murderer Charles Starkweather and was convicted of first degree murder at age 15, was published by Lippincott in 1972. It was based on his NBC News documentary "Growing Up in Prison." He will soon publish a novel, "AMDG: An Ignatian Thriller".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468057472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468057478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bitter Medicine: What I've Learned and Teach about Malpractice Lawsuits (And How to Avoid Them) by Kessler and Trese was a 'binge' read for me that was profoundly compelling and riviting. The realization that symptoms ignored or minimalized can fester into life-ending complications grew with each case study. The organizational principle of progressing methodically through a semester of cadaver dissection with organ-appropriate cautionary tales had a predictability
that contrasted with the horrible consequences of procrastination, poor judgements, and preventable errors. The truths of this book applied, of course, to the practice of medicine but there were also inescapable warnings to all on heeding the basics of conducting our own lives. This book was so much more than I expected it to be. Bravo!
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While many of the values, tests, and practices of medicine change as we learn more over time, there are also numerous qualities of the physicians themselves that will always hold true. In Bitter Medicine, Dr. Kessler highlights the importance of many of the innate qualities and skills that physicians should develop and possess to be a successful, but more importantly, competent doctor. It's a great read and I feel privileged to have learned first-hand from such an inspirational physician.
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Great book! This is coming from a lawyer who is now a first year medical student. Very easy read, with valuable medical liability snipits injected throughout story line. Should be required reading for every medical student.
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Under the guise of a highly readable, even enjoyable teaching surgeon's memoirs of memorable cases, "Bitter Medicine" is a timely shout-out that the AMA Emperor may be every bit as naked as we suspected, and worse -- in these days when caveat emptor applies in spades to health care "consumers", "Bitter Medicine" gives patients, potential patients and caretakers an insider's list of Questions to Ask Your Doctors (While you still Can).
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