Thursday, January 20, 2022

Trauma: My Life as an Emergency Surgeon by Dr. James Cole

 

This medical memoir by Dr. James Cole drops you into the hectic and unpredictable life of a trauma surgeon.  What the interns and first year residents endure to get through training takes dedication and stamina.  Honestly, I don't know how anyone endures the long hours and work conditions but, thank goodness people like Dr. Cole persevere.

This is a fast paced and realistic accounting.  While I can't abide looking at graphic images of surgery or trauma when watching medical dramas, I could read this - with the exception of cardic section.  That was my real squeamish point in the book, even though other injuries such as a stabbing with a screwdriver, a severe burn patient and gunshots wounds were written in great detail.

Each chapter takes on a different medical emergency.  The crossbow incident was both interesting and sad.  His time spent with Navy SEALS and his deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan were also interesting to me.  


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7 comments:

  1. This sounds pretty interesting to me! I'd consider reading it at some point.

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    1. JoAnn, I enjoyed the book, kept my attention.

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  2. I think I'd like this since I watch shows like this on tv. I'm not squeamish when reading or watching things like this. I watched a live autopsy before.

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    1. Vicki, I like medical shows too. I haven't seen an autopsy but my husband for his work. Before he retired that is.

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  3. This sounds good, the ER is certainly where the action is. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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    1. Shelleyrae, this book had me turning the pages but it got some poor reviews for grammar or editing. That didn't bother me and I actually never noticed those issues. The scenarios were well laid out and I liked the book.

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  4. This sounds really interesting. We've spent a lot of time in hospitals but thankfully haven't had to deal with surgeons very often. I can't imagine the amount of pressure this kind of career would involve.

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