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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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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.
There is much humor, some of it dark,in the book. The information is true and written by a real doctor in the front lines of medicine and not by a non-medical scriptwriter or journalist.
His last chapter, WILL YOUR SURGEON BE THERE?, is a must read and could easily be changed to: WILL YOUR PHYSICIAN BE THERE? Physicians are now starting to retire at younger ages; not as many talented college graduates are applying to medical school; medicine has become a business and not a calling or profession; easier subspecialties with better work hours, more income, pleasant lifestyle, and time to sleep are causing a troublesome shortage of physicians in general surgery and primary care (internal medicine, pediatrics, and primary care.)
Dr. Ruggieri tells the truth in this highly readable and remarkable book. Surgery is a contact sport with life and death outcomes.
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