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Even Doctors Cry: Love, Death, Scandal and a Terribly Flawed Medical System Paperback – April 11, 2013
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From the Back Cover
Even Doctors Cry tells the story of Dr. Alvin Reiter, a successful Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, his love for his profession and his pride in his work. I always felt like Clark Kent putting on my surgical outfit, Reiter wrote about his transformative role. Then came a time when even Superman could not help. In 1994, Alvin was diagnosed with incurable Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and given less than a 40% chance of living 6 years, while his wife Karen was diagnosed with early breast cancer in 1999 and given a 95% chance of total cure. The doctor survived, but Karen did not. She died of metastatic breast cancer in May 2003. Her premature death was aided and abetted by her oncologist, breast and liver surgeons and the gross failure of the medical system in which human error, negligence and hubris can, and did, take a life. In the midst of Karens struggle for her life, Reiter became the target of an unwarranted investigation into billing fraud. Unfortunately, his paradise was a fools paradise. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
A native of New York City, Dr. Alvin Reiter is a cum laude graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He attended the Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and graduated with an M.D. degree in 1970. Dr. Reiter’s post-graduate training was extensive, with a surgical internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, general surgical residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, and a four-year surgical training residency in head and neck and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California Davis—Sacramento Medical Center. He has held several academic appointments in surgery, including time as a clinical instructor at the University of California Davis and the University of California Los Angeles. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Head and Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a member of numerous medical societies including the academies of Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, and Environmental Medicine as well as the American Medical Association, California Medical Association, Los Angeles Medical Association, and the American Society of Breast Disease. Dr. Reiter has been an instructor and participant in numerous continuing medical education seminars and has received multiple achievement and recognition awards, including The Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association. He has practiced in his field of head and neck and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery for over twenty-five years in Beverly Hills, California. In addition to his widely acclaimed work as lead surgeon on the team that reconstructed the face of Rodney King after his notorious encounter with police brutality, his pioneering work includes a total jaw transplant in the reconstruction of the face of a gunshot victim. Today Dr. Reiter helps with the leukemia and lymphoma support group at UCLA and is a member of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivors.
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I wasn't going to, but then did start reading it. Glad I did. Aside from it's main message, it's a personable look into an exceptional career.
Not to downplay the medical establishment issues.
Just, I'm an autobiography reader. Like Iacocca, or Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman.
I like extraordinary people's own perspectives on what they've done. What's been done to them.
Personally that's what I'm liking about this book.
I'm torn between four and five stars. But, five would be one of those two old books I mentioned, which back when I read them steered me toward autobiographies in the first place. And four, because when i check these feedbacks I usually look for four star reviews that give me more to judge the item by.
Plus there's the voyeuristic curiosity of what a top notch plastic surgeon thinks about the patients who come in, and their concerns about what and why they want to change. But that's just a plus.
His suggestions to the various doctors about how to better treat his wife remind me of how hard I tried to understand and monitor all that the hospital staff was doing to, or in a few instances forgetting to do for my mother during her last week.
Of course, he was eminently qualified and expert even among his peers, so it's confounding that they didn't jump at his good ideas.
And, there's something really human about a surgeon not being able to bring himself do certain seemingly less-traumatic-than-cutting-open things to his wife.
If you want to put yourself briefly in the shoes of a plastic surgeon, glimpse what that life might have looked like if you'd chosen it, worked hard and earned it, this'll be worth the $3. (Or $11 in "old fashioned" form.)
I think I went through all the range of emotions that the author went through while reading his story. I laughed, I cried, I was angered, I was shocked and one night I went to bed at 4am reading and taking this story in.
Alvin, apart from being an excellent doctor and an incredible husband, is an exceptional writer that poured his heart and soul into such a powerful labour of love.
Thank-you so much Dr. Reiter for sharing your story with the world. This impression you have made on our hearts will surely spill over and make this world a better place.
He shares the flaws of his chosen profession, the heartless reality of unscrupulous doctors and medical institutions for personal or financial gain alone. The promises of research and the blessing of those who in the medical profession are truly committed to the betterment of our medical systems, accountability and above all our humanity to one another. How precious and rare a jewel they are.
legal issues; and the premature death of his sweet wife thanks to inept doctors. It's an eye opener on some in the medical profession.
Don't miss it!
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What a bizarre and unfair situation this couple had to deal with!!