- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425245152
- ISBN-13: 978-0425245156
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 200 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors 1st Edition
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The life of a general surgeon is more guts than glamour. Often sleep-deprived and standing on his feet for hours, this physician-author navigates anatomical intricacies and deals with unexpected bleeding. Not to mention the pressure of a full bladder midway through an operation or worrying about a potential malpractice lawsuit. The job requirements of his profession include good judgment, an ability to think and act quickly, self-reliance, and a fondness for using one’s hands. The job description sounds stringent: “Show me where the problem is so I can fix it, remove it, rearrange it, drain it, or pass you on to someone else.” Yet in a series of sentimental clinical vignettes, the doctor divulges a wide range of feelings: pride, guilt, humility, regrets, failure, and, ultimately, burnout. His patients teach him many lessons. Trust makes the physician-patient relationship work. Detachment can be difficult. Imperfection is inevitable. Survival (of patients as well as the doctor) is the bottom line. Honest and angry, this cutting memoir by a midcareer surgeon feels like an act of penitence. --Tony Miksanek
"An honest and open look into the surgical profession." ---Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Fortunately for all of us, there are plenty of individuals who would. The old axiom that surgeons are born, not made, holds true. Regardless of the rewards or penalties exacted upon their persons, surgeons can be nothing else but surgeons. So they tell us. And Dr. Ruggieri tells us plenty. In Confessions of a Surgeon, we read about his emotions, his late night thoughts, his shortcomings and misgivings, his resentments towards his patients, in short, his all too human traits. He writes about his mistakes, how they affect him, and how they affect his patients. Most patients don't like to think of their surgeon as a human being, but surgeons have all the limitations that the human condition entails. Star Trek Voyager may have the perfectly unflappable android doc, but you and I were born too soon for that. Some readers want the unvarnished truth, and here they will get it. If you prefer your surgeons on a pedestal, don't read this book.
Dr. Ruggieri is not a professional writer, and Confessions is more like a conversation than a polished narrative. There are clichés, repetitions, and meandering paragraphs, but it does not detract from the story. This is highly readable, informative and entertaining. He allows you to walk into surgery with him, belly up to the table, and get your hands bloody. If you really want to know what happens in an operating room, or what a surgeon thinks about while you complain about your belly ache, it is all here in living color.
I am an anesthesiologist, so I spend my days and nights working with surgeons, helping them, accepting their help, joking with them, and fighting with them. I have made a close study of the surgical personality, and Dr. Ruggieri is an outstanding specimen. He writes about the enormous complexities of human physiology, yet he is compelled to fast decisions and faster action. He writes about being humbled by his profession, and in the next paragraph he compares surgeons to gods. That is the mind of a surgeon. When he says humble, he means as humble as a god can be. I'm having some fun here, but considering what they do every day, you have to give them enormous respect. You have to respect his writing too. This book is a winner.
Dr. Ruggieri covers a broad swath in this book. One thing you'll learn is that a critical factor, a factor that unfortunately you as a patient can only tease out indirectly, is the ability of your surgeon to recover from the inevitable surprises and complications during a surgery. Fixing problems is huge. Furthermore not all surgeons are cut from the same cloth, but even though hospitals collect statistics on complication rates the patients are never allowed to see this. Dr. Ruggieri also talks about the changes in training in the time since he went thru, the impact of lawsuits on how doctors view their profession and treat patients, the grueling hours, and much more.
In summary if you want to get an understanding of what is on the mind of surgeons today, a sense of what they do, and implicitly some advice on how to pick a good surgeon should you need one, this is a book worth reading.
That didn't mean I didn't get irritated when he recounted how during a poorly-remunerated surgery he muses about how he's making less per hour than a plumber (conveniently forgetting that plumbers, too, have overhead costs and ignoring that he often makes amazing amounts per hour which surely should be averaged out). It's painful to to hear him recount how slow he was, as chief of surgery, to manage to remove a harmful and destructive surgeon's operating privileges and the very honest reasons why that was difficult and risky for him to do. He also tells how he got roped into taking the fall for another surgeon's malfeasance early in his career and the punishing consequences.
He's honest too about how he HATES the "team" approach to surgery -- he became a surgeon BECAUSE he wants to be the one in charge.
These are the honest ruminations of a surgeon who seems like a pretty ordinary and capable surgeon and person and for that reason they are really valuable.
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Brings up a lot of ethical situations and questions to ask your surgeon.