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on May 17, 2011
Having grown up during the Great Depression, living with my divorced mother, having a deadbeat dad, serving in WWII and the Korean War, and scratching my way to some success, I find it difficult to sympathize with a person who seems to be a self-absorbed whiner about his "terrible" young years.
Complaining about his secondary and high school years for nearly half the book, really turned me off. One would think that now, in successful adulthood, he would have gotten over what is a pretty normal young life, and one much better than millions have endured.
I had hoped to learn more about the actual practice of plastic surgery, but once he got to the part about medical school, it did get more interesting.
However, Sinclair Lewis did it far, far better back in the 1920s with his novel "Arrowsmith."
He is quite amusing at times, but again, whining about how hard college and medical school was, gets very tiresome after almost half the book. Only at about the three-quarter part, does he begin to write more interesting, and at times very touching things.
What stood out was his success in getting a recalcitrant patient who just wanted to die, to agree to get life-saving surgery. And his experience with the badly mauled baby was touching also.
The editor and ghost writer he thanks so profusely, should be ashamed for not hacking away at all the drivel about his childhood. The book should have started as he entered medical school, and then been fleshed out with tales about his actual practice.
Had that happened, it would have been a four or five-star rating for me.