Every Doctor and Patient Should Read this One…..My 5 star review....
In medical school, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor—the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients. But when a new admission to the critical care unit almost died his first night on call, he found himself scrambling. Visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital life, where confidence was hard to come by and no amount of med school training could dispel the terror of facing actual patients.
This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician's journey from ineptitude to competence. McCarthy's one stroke of luck paired him with a brilliant second-year adviser he called “Baio” (owing to his resemblance to the Charles in Charge star), who proved to be a remarkable teacher with a wicked sense of humor. McCarthy would learn even more from the people he cared for, including a man named Benny, who was living in the hospital for months at a time awaiting a heart transplant. But no teacher could help McCarthy when an accident put his own health at risk, and showed him all too painfully the thin line between doctor and patient.
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn to save lives in a job where there is no practice?
My Book Review:
If you’ve ever wondered why your physician lacks a good bedside manner, behaves as if he was God, or is the most pleasant doctor you ever met, read this book and you’ll soon find out why. Future doctors receive no training in medical school in how to become a doctor. That sort of training comes after graduation from medical school and is learned in on the job training. From the doctors that they work with, train under, from the patients they tend to, these new doctors as interns are molded into the doctor you see now. In the Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, idealistic recent medical school graduate Dr. Matt McCarthy takes us through his first year of his internship, his on-the-job training. During this first year, he endured thirty hour shifts, and worked in every area of medicine to help him determine what kind of medicine he will eventually practice. At one point, he says it best, “Learning medicine was about being thrown into the fire, learning on the fly….” Can you imagine saying awake for thirty hours straight, full of donuts and coffee and be expected to make an accurate diagnosis of a patient? Crazy huh? Unbelievable? Absolutely. These young doctors have no clue on how to take blood, read X-rays or other elated tasks until now, while they’re interns. “So many things go into being a doctor,” he said. “connecting with patients, medical knowledge, performing procedures-on any given day you can consider yourself a failure at one of them. Or all of them. You can beat yourself up to the point that you’re ready to quit. But on the other hand…at any moment you can look around and say, ‘I’m better than that guy. I’m a better doctor that her.”
Told through his eager, enthusiastic eyes with humor, his book is harrowing, uplifting, scary and hilarious. This book covers everything you ever wanted to know about what it takes in becoming a doctor. Whether you’re interested in becoming a doctor, or wish to know what training your doctor had that made him/her a good or bad doctor, this is the book to read. In fact, I’d like to hand out a copy to every patient in order to tell them that their doctor isn’t God. Like us he/she is just a human and they can’t perform miracles. I’d also like to give every doctor a copy in order to remind them of the same. This was an excellent, informative and enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.
About the Author:
MATT MCCARTHY is an assistant professor of medicine at Cornell and a staff physician at Weill Cornell Medical Center. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin, where he writes the Medspin column. His first book, Odd Man Out, was a New York Times bestseller.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchanged for a fair and honest review.
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