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Letters to a Young Doctor (Harvest Book) 1st Edition
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MOSTLY THE LIFE OF A DOCTOR IN PRACTICE OF SURGERY (70% OF BOOK)
Unlike Doctor Stories which have a wider range of stories, this book except for a couple of sidelines is about the craft of the Doctor, in and out of the Operating room and Hospital. Also, the doctor's perspective on the outside world. However, I wonder how many other doctors have his sense of service. Some of us can't imagine a high-priced surgeon performing the service he does in "Toe nails" one of the stories within.
DETAILS AND THE EMOTIONS AROUND THEM, FILL THIS BOOK:
Richard Selzer writing is poetic in his description of a doctor's musings on the Art of Surgery, the halls of the hospitals and the feel of working inside the human body. In many sense his reflections on his relationships with the tools he uses could the same a mechanic, a draftsman (of the 50s-80s), or the artist feels about the tools they use to perform their craft.
POETIC DETAILS ON EVEN THE MOST ORDINARY SITUATION:
He finds beauty in the minute details of life and has the gift to write about them. I also have his book "Mortal Lessons" that I hope to read soon as well. His books are addicting in the sense that you too also begin, if you don't already, to see the details of your own work and the relationships you have with the world around you. Either I think similarly or his thought process is universal, but he captures the magic of living and the impressions we all have at time. Even if you are not a doctor (and I'm not), you will find a sense of familiarity in his writing.Read more ›
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I like Selzer's writing here, but some of it seems uneven. Some of the letters are very moving, and the amazement in me at Selzer's poetic sense of life grows.Published on June 26, 2013 by Elaine Light
Such a great book! Richard Selzer, romanticizes medicine. His writing is very eloquent and surreal. I recommend it to M1s starting school.Published on June 6, 2013 by AnnaMarie
I have read this book and loved it!
This copy is a gift to a friend's daughter who is graduating from medical school.
As an aspiring surgeon, this book is absolute gold. Surgeons have the unfortunate (and well earned, in some cases) reputation for being cold and uncaring. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by moru_jodon