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In Stitches was named a 2012 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.

“Dr. Youn is a frequent guest on my show, and I can say without a doubt that he’s a cut above the rest.”—Rachael Ray

"Surprisingly warm and unquestionably witty, In Stitches is a riveting look at the sacrifice it takes to become a premiere plastic surgeon. In a world where physicians can be almost god-like, Dr. Tony’s not afraid to show us his heart, his humor, and his humanity. I adored In Stitches and even though I’m not ready to book Dr. Tony for a face-lift, I’d sure like to call him for lunch." —New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster

"Part 'Grey's Anatomy,' part 'Nip-Tuck,' In Stitches takes you under the knife to expose the layers of one doctor's journey to become not only a plastic surgeon but also his own man. A humorous, heartfelt, honest memoir about med school and MCATs, fathers and sons, and finding your place in the world, In Stitches will tickle your funny bone, touch your heart and make you think differently about your doctor." —critically-acclaimed author Wade Rouse

"In Stitches is a brilliant and bouncy read. Humorous and energetic, the author takes us along with him in medical school on his way to becoming a surgeon. He makes you feel as if you are along on the ride. Rich with dialogue, I found my self routing for him in all sorts of circumstances from his first surgery to hitting on co-eds." —Dr. Drew Ordon, host of The Doctors

“Tony Youn traces his success to a stern Korean father and his own fanatical work ethic -- but the real secret is his fabulous sense of humor. If you're contemplating medical school, you'll need three things: resilience, caffeine, and In Stitches -- a raucously funny and genuinely affecting account of what becoming a doctor is really like.” —Audrey Young, M.D., author of What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student's Journey.

"In Stitches is well written, very readable and appropriately witty. I had the pleasure and opportunity of meeting and working with Dr Youn. I find him not only to be extremely capable and a great surgeon, but also a kind and generous man. In this book, I actually see a lot of myself in him. At times I was in tears and at others was laughing out loud. I highly recommend it!"— Dr. Robert Rey of Dr. 90210

“In 1980, I read The House of God, the sardonic story of residency training at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. Now, some 30 years later, readers are brought into the dorm room, the anatomy lab, the classroom, and the operating room with Dr. Youn as he describes his medical school training. The reader sweats the stresses and enjoys the laughs med students experience. I was touched by the honesty and frankness of the experiences he describes—most people understand the life of a doctor, but few understand the sacrifices that young men and women make while in medical school. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a fun ride. This memoir will certainly keep you In Stitches." —Arthur W. Perry, MD, FACS, author of The Real Life of a Surgeon

"Tony Youn's book is wonderful! Written from the heart, in a style that makes you want to read more, it is a touching, sensitive account of his journey. It should be read by everyone who's ever wanted to be a doctor, as well as anyone who's ever wanted to know what his doctor was thinking. A great read!" -- Robert Marion, M.D., author of Intern Blues

"Laugh out loud"— USA Today

"Youn's description of his journey from high-school outcast to rock star plastic surgeon is full of fascinating stories and laced with self-deprecating humor in the midst of dark desperation, providing a refreshing insight into medicine." —Publisher's Weekly

"In Stitches is a sometimes funny, sometimes painful, sometimes heartwarming recount of Dr. Youn's experiences on the road to becoming a doctor . . . a Scrubs meets David Sedaris story-line."—Huffington Post

"Rarely has the chaotic, exhausting, Kafkaesque world of the med student been so faithfully, and hilariously, portrayed." —Bookreporter

"In Stitches is a fast-paced, mesmerizing autobiography that's laced with dark humor and memorable scenes." —Lansing State Journal

About the Author

Anthony Youn, M.D. is a physician, writer, and television personality. He has been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, Dr. 90210, CNN, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, The O'Reilly Factor, E!, VH1, and others. He's a frequent contributor to MSNBC.com and CNN.com, where he's written articles such as "Why You Should Avoid The Hospital In July" and "Smoking Can Make Your Nipples Fall Off" which have gone viral. He's very active on his website: InStitchesBook.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451608446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451608441
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elizabeth V. Flagg on July 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after reading one of Dr. Youn's articles on cnn.com. I always enjoy reading autobiographies and memoirs, and this is one of my favorites by far. Some parts were so funny that I laughed out loud and couldn't stop thinking about them the next day. There were also moments that were extremely touching and a bit sad. The narrative is witty, descriptive and moves along at a good pace.

Dr. Youn covers a lot of ground in this book, but in the end you really have a good sense of what a funny, genuine, caring person he is, and the ups and downs he experienced on the road to becoming a renowned plastic surgeon. I really had a hard time putting it down and am definitely planning on giving it a second read through.

If you are looking for a great summer read, do not hesitate to pick up this book. You will not be disappointed!
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I've read ALL the medical memoirs - Atul Gawande's, Another Day In the Frontal Lobe, Weekends @ Bellevue --- you name it. And this was by far my favorite in recent memory. Dr. Youn is hilarious and his wry, sarcastic humor leaps off the page. His perspective on medical school and on his demanding Asian parents was so honest and his observations stuck with me for days. He's obviously an extremely caring person, but also doesn't hesitate to reveal some of his inner thoughts, including that he originally went to medical school....for the girls. I really really enjoyed this book - I recommend it to anyone who wants a laugh and an interesting story.
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It's a bit off-putting when someone as young as my son feels compelled to write a memoir. So this book had a strike against it before I turned to the first page. "Double D's", he writes, "Pam Anderson, eat your heart out. Too bad they're attached to a fourteen-year-old boy." From that point on, I was smitten by Dr. Youn's story-telling and couldn't put the book down until I (too quickly) reached the last page.

Youn starts out by describing how it feels to grow up as only one of two Asian-Americans in a small Midwestern town. Not only did he have to deal with being "different" from everyone else, he also had "Coke-bottle glasses, Hannibal Lecter headgear, a bowl cut, and a protruding jaw that grew even faster than his comic-book collection."

The first part of the book is a coming of age story with Youn agonizing about fitting in, being cool, and most importantly, finally getting a girlfriend. While he is worrying over these typical teen goals, his father, a hard-working Korean immigrant ObGyn, has other plans for Tony. "Doctor is the only thing. Every other job is not good for you. You have to make Daddy proud." In fact from the time he is born, Daddy, wants Anthony to not only be a doctor, but..."A Surgeon. Vascular. Big money"...no wait, not vascular, "Transplant surgery. That's the big money...One surgery. Ten thousand dollah. For one hour. Early retirement. Mercedes-Benz. Condo in Florida..." And, of course, he should marry a nice Korean girl.

In the sixth grade, Tony's jaw starts growing (for reasons that are not clear). He envisions himself a "cartoon kid with a massive jutting Jay Leno jaw" - not so good for your self-esteem. He deals with it by becoming, in his words, Tony Youn, nerd!
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I loved this book. How refreshing to find a book that is clean, well written, entertaining, and thought provoking. Dr. Youn does a masterful job of bringing us into his childhood and college years and making us laugh and cry with him as he goes through the awkward times of growing up and feeling different than everyone else in his hometown. We can all relate on some level to him as he navigates the bumpy road to finding his calling in life, and then struggles on the path to get there. I appreciated his honesty as he writes about why he went into medicine and how he chose the field of plastic surgery. You get the very real sense of watching an ugly duckling turn into a beautiful swan as you read about his trials of coming to grips with his father's very strong influence as a boy and learning to become his own man in medical school. I laughed with him as he learned to ride his bike with a case of beer on the handlebars in college and cried with him and he experienced his first few days in the hospital as a med student. As a reader, you really experience the trials and accomplishments of Dr. Youn on his road to becoming the successful plastic surgeon that he has become. Pick up this book and read it today- you won't be disappointed!
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Although I had never seen nor heard of Dr. Youn, I purchased "In Stitches - A Memoir" after getting a "look inside" here on Amazon. The content captured my attention and had me laughing out loud, so I just had to order it.

I was about 6 chapters in to another book, a thriller by the fabulous Lisa Gardner when I received In Stitches. I decided to just glance over through Chapter one, to preview what I had waiting for me when I finished my current one. Well, let me tell you, I couldn't put it down. I ended up delaying the other one and reading this one first (which, trust me, with my sometimes scattered attention span, is not something I generally do).

Dr. Youn is a funny, direct writer who really takes you to his "into" his life growing up in a strict Korean family. I could envision each and every paragraph playing out in my mind. Halfway through reading it, I felt as if I knew his parents, his best friends at Medical School, and all the people he encountered - personally. His style is so witty and charming and he's such a sweetie you can't help but love him and root for him. I can't for the life of me understand why he couldn't land a date.

After I finished the book, I went to Dr. Youn's website and saw some of his work. He has turned into a very skilled surgeon who is highly respected among his peers. I know if I needed a cosmetic procedure, I would definitely book a consultation.

That being said, is there a Sequel in the works? I'd love to go beyond Medical School, to hear more about he and Amy and how they started their lives together, how he built his medical practice, etc, etc.

In the meantime, check out "In Stitches". It's a quick, light hearted read that should leave you feeling better for having read it.
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