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Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years Paperback – January 24, 2006
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If this memoir is to be believed, and there's no reason why it shouldn't, every nightmare story that you have heard about the four-year residency is absolutely true. It's astounding that these people manage to survive - the tortuous long stretches on their feet saving lives, sometimes reaching 60 to 70 hours is nothing less than miraculous. Treating patients day and night, constantly worrying that you'll screw up, taking peoples lives in your hands could send the most grounded individual around the bend - in some cases it does, but for the most part, these people get through to become qualified surgeons, as did Dr. Collins, but through a lot of blood sweat and tears.
Hot Lights, Cold Steel reads like a novel, as the characterization, structure of the plot and the pathos, the utter sadness of some of his cases, and the joy and exhilaration of his successes, had me just as enthralled as any top selling thriller. Dr. Collins has a gift for description as he illustrates the amputation of a limb, including a section of the patient's pelvis, in such detailed imagery, that it became difficult to read. He also has a great sense of humour, which I believe is so necessary to survive in this profession.
One of the more terrible of the Dr.Read more ›
It follows a new physician through his four year residency program. He explores the trials and tribulations of his residency while living on the edge of total poverty. All this with no sleep. It is far superior to Willian Nolan's "The Making of a Surgeon."
The real question is, when is Dr. Collins going to write his next book?
At first, Collins tries to stay in the background and keep his mouth shut, hoping that his superiors will overlook his obvious ignorance. When he reviews a chart with the notation "Patient is TTWB," he wonders what this acronym means. Could it be "three times without bleeding," or "terribly thirsty without beer?" Collins disconsolately predicts that he will shortly be drummed out of the residency program for "practicing medicine without a brain." The author's self-deprecating humor is delightful and it helps to offset the tragic cases he recounts.
Collins explores the grueling nature of a surgeon's training: the sleepless nights, snatched meals, long absences from loved ones, and fear of hurting a patient. Because he is constantly short of money, he and his wife, Patti, drive a series of broken down junkers, and as his family grows, he must moonlight in order to pay the bills. The compensations are the exhilaration of helping a patient regain his or her health, the excitement of performing an operation for the first time, and the deep friendships that Collins forms with his fellow orthopods.Read more ›
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Good read. Especially for someone who works in the field and have experience with the cases. NicePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is Dr. Collin's memoir of his four years as a surgical resident at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic. It's quite a story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter D. Tillman
This is a book that at times you can't put down and at times you have to put down. The human drama described is of course compelling to read sometimes to the point you have to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steven F. Wolfe
Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years
Great read! This book allows others to see not only Dr. Read more
I really enjoyed reading this. Gave me tremendous insight to the life of a medical resident. Should be liberated from the intensity of their service though, surprised more... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dawn Denneler