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Down from Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age (Excelsior Editions) Paperback – August 1, 2010

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With a physician's eye and an artist's vision, Selzer ( Confessions of a Knife ) traces the arc of his life from his 1930s childhood in Troy, N.Y., through his medical training and career as a surgeon in New Haven, Conn., to his retirement in 1985. He returns again and again here to his boyhood home near Albany, where he lived with his artistic mother, a singer who expected him to become a writer, his admired older brother Billy and his father, a general practitioner, "one of a dozen or so who presided over the physical breakdown of the Trojans exacerbated by the poverty of the Great Depression." The sooty, pre-electronics age of Troy, with its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn hearses, saloons and brothels, is evoked with affection and irony as Selzer highlights the house calls and hospital visits he made with his father, whose death when the boy was 12 confirmed his own calling to medicine. In prose that breathes with life ("One enters the body in surgery as in love . . ."), Selzer also details his life in medicine, describing a wrenching malpractice suit and an encounter with an AIDS patient who sought help with suicide.
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From the author of Confessions of a Knife ( LJ 9/1/79) and Taking the World in for Repairs ( LJ 12/86) comes a poignant, elegiac memoir of his childhood in Troy, New York, as well as formative experiences in Korea and New Haven. While several sections of the book cover familiar ground for Selzer fans, such as his description of the similarities between surgery and writing ("In surgery there is a scalpel, in writing, a pen"), the rest is a heartbreakingly personal reflection on his mother and father--a woman who once sang in dance halls and a man who was a solid old general practitioner with a black bag and a sense of wonder. The city of Troy is a supporting character, described with a perception so acute as to be photographic. This is a terrible beauty of a book, full of love and pain and a palpable rich sadness that will stay with a reader forever. Selzer's finest work; highly recommended for most collections.
- Mark L. Shelton, Athens, Ohio
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Excelsior Editions
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Excelsior Editions; Reprint edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438434448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438434445
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,948,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before Richard Selzer I didn't think much of Troy. Selzer's descriptions of his Dad's practice, the story tellers at the corner pub, and the action along the river are not glamorous but they are rich and warm. He taught me how to make the best French coffee and dazzled my mind with exotic words. Now I beg my husband to make detours through Troy. He thought I was nuts until he read the book, and now he's hooked too. I have read nearly all of Selzer's books and this is my favorite.
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With a physician as a father and a musician for a mother, the son Richard Selzer follows the paternal path professionally and substitutes the pen for his mother’s lyrical art. Embraced within a loving family, the author recounts his childhood during the depression surviving the grim and challenging environment of Troy, New York. His descriptions so remind me of William Carlos Williams and his empathic paintings of his tenement patients. Superb as an essayist, Richard Selzer recaptures the memories and images of his youth, his impressions of the illnesses and afflictions that assaulted his unprepared mind. He describes the gore and terrifying horrors he witnessed as he entered his chosen profession. With the skilled eye of the surgeon and the expertise of the educator, he translates his life experiences into a movingly poetic memoir reflecting the development of a sympathetic insightful human being. Previously published in 1991, this new edition includes a postscript and photographs of Troy by the author’s close friend Peter Josyph. This memoir serves as an historical record of the caring physician-patient relationship that once existed, when physicians were often as poor as their patients, unfortunately that connection has vanished from our health care business.
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I loved this book. Richard Selzer is a grand writer, with a wonderful autobiographical story to tell about his fascinating family and city. I immediately followed it up with his "Letters to a Young Surgeon". I highly recommend the both.
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I enjoyed the book and wanted to share it with a friend that I was sure would also enjoy it.
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I enjoyed very much the chapters about Selzer's childhood and about his physician-father. I don't think the book needed to be 300 pages long. At 200 pages, focused on his childhood, it would have been much better. The "stuff" he used to fill in and create a 300 page book wasn't relevant and sometimes was totally ridiculous. Did I want to read a paper he wrote in high school? I don't think so.
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