A surgeon's story

Author: Stephen Kurt Westman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 295

View: 9710

Direct Red

A Surgeon's Story

Author: Gabriel Weston

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409075176

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 7856

How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands? What is it like to cut into someone else's body? What is it like to stand by, powerless, while someone dies because of the incompetence of your seniors? How do you tell a beautiful young man who seems perfectly fit that he has only a few days left to live? Gabriel Weston worked as a surgeon in the big-city hospitals of the twenty-first century; a woman in a world dominated by Alpha males. Her world was one of disease, suffering and extraordinary pressure where a certain moral ambiguity and clinical detachment were necessary tools for survival. Startling and honest, her account combines a fierce sense of human dignity with compassion and insight, illuminating scenes of life and death the rest of us rarely glimpse. Direct Red won the 2010 PEN/ Ackerley Prize and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2009.

No stranger to tears

a surgeon's story

Author: William G. Cahan

Publisher: Random House Inc


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 426

View: 6145

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Making the Cut

A Surgeon's Stories of Life on the Edge: Easyread Large Bold Edition

Author: Mohamed Khadra

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1442958995

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 372

View: 8625

To be a surgeon is to stand, without flinching, in the sea of human suffering and use one's entire resource of knowledge, skill and intelligence to battle it.An intern makes his first cut and is ridiculed by his tutor. An old woman is brought back to life against her will, only for the unexpected to strike a week later. A notorious surgeon is driven crazy by a massive brain tumour. The mother of a leukemia-ridden child is driven to desperation In this compelling and beautifully written impressionistic memoir, Mohamed Khadra recounts stories from his life as a surgeon, from the gruelling years of training to the debilitating sleepless nights on call. He looks back at the doctors and patients who shaped his career; at the endless stream of humanity - courageous, pitiful, admirable and dislikable - who passed under his knife, as he recalls shocking tales of mistakes in theatre and the shattered lives of doctors defeated by the stresses of the job.Documenting the damaging politics in our healthcare system, the soul-destroying choices made for patients and the misplaced hope so common in the face of death, his dramatic account of a surgical life shows what happens when extraordinary events overtake everyday lives - including, even, his own.

A Surgeon's Story

The Autobiography of Robert T. Morris

Author: R. G. Gosden,Pam Walker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989719902

Category: Surgeons

Page: 370

View: 5996

The story of a renowned New York doctor, Robert T. Morris (1857-1945), who struggled with a reactionary profession to pioneer sterility, small incisions, and better wound-healing in surgery. Blessed with abundant energy, sagacity, and long life, he also achieved distinction as a naturalist, horticulturist, and explorer, celebrating nature with brilliant prose and poetry. For those days, Morris was a rare visionary, grounded in science and courageously fighting on the side of suffering humanity, though few remember him today. This is an updated edition of a 1935 classic, brimming with case histories starting from the late Victorian Age. The new book is annotated and illustrated, and includes previously unpublished chapters. "A man who had the courage to be an iconoclast for the purpose of safe-guarding humanity." New York Times (1935) "This is not a textbook but an arresting account of medicine and society in the not too distant past." Howard W. Jones, Jr., M.D., Johns Hopkins and Eastern Virginia Medical Schools (2013) "In 1935, Morris' book was a best-seller; this revision from Gosden and Walker (Morris' granddaughter) could easily do the same ... Far more of a human and social portrait than a medical text, this reissue fills the prescription for fascinating reading." Kirkus (September 16, 2014)

To Hell and Back

A Surgeon's Story of Addiction: 12 Prescriptions for Awareness

Author: Steven B. Heird,Steven B. Heird, MD, FACS

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1630472344

Category: Self-Help

Page: 250

View: 2825

Here, in this raw account of one doctor's journey to Hell and back ... is the "prescription" that could save the life of someone you love. Addiction can affect anyone - of any occupation, education, or social class. The most common denominator among all addicts though ... is that they once thought it could never happen to them. As Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at a large community hospital, Dr. Steve Heird was well aware of all this. Yet even as he wrote one illegal prescription after another - all for himself - he refused to believe he had a problem. He was in control. It could never happen to him. But the day came when - tired of playing a game of cat-and-mouse with the DEA, and finally ready to accept help with his problem - Steve had to face his family and go into rehab. Everything that mattered to him - his family, his career, his lifestyle - was on the line, and he risked losing it all, to serve a ten-year prison sentence. "That was one of the worst days of my life" he now says. "I had hurt the people I loved most. I felt overwhelmed with shame and self-loathing. How could I have screwed up so badly?" But there's a silver lining to the cloud that followed Dr. Heird all those years. His personal healing has led to the creation of a system of strategies for recognizing the warning signs - whether in yourself or others - and overcoming any addictions, along with the fear and self-doubt that feed them. In this entertaining and inspiring true-life account, and through his Prescriptions For Awareness healing program, Dr. Heird proves beyond a doubt that NOBODY is entirely "above the reach" of addiction, and no addict need ever feel doomed to remain forever within its grasp.

Um Leben und Tod

Ein Hirnchirurg erzählt vom Heilen, Hoffen und Scheitern - Ein SPIEGEL-Buch

Author: Henry Marsh

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641153700

Category: Medical

Page: 368

View: 810

Bekenntnisse eines Hirnchirurgen Wie arbeitet ein Hirnchirurg? Wie fühlt es sich an, in das Organ zu schneiden, mit dem Menschen denken und träumen? Wie geht man damit um, wenn das Leben eines Patienten von der eigenen Heilkunst abhängt? Und wie, wenn man scheitert? Mehr noch als in anderen Bereichen der Medizin ist es in der Hirnchirurgie so gut wie unmöglich, nie einem Patienten zu schaden, denn Operationen am Innersten des Menschen sind immer mit unkalkulierbaren Risiken verbunden. Henry Marsh, einer der besten Neurochirurgen Großbritanniens, erzählt beeindruckend offen, selbstkritisch und humorvoll von den Ausnahmesituationen, die seinen Arbeitsalltag ausmachen. Seine Geschichten handeln vom Heilen und Helfen, vom Hoffen und Scheitern, von fatalen Fehlern und von der Schwierigkeit, die richtige Entscheidung zu treffen.

Never Question the Miracle

A Surgeon's Story

Author: Rose-Marie Toussaint,Anthony E. Santaniello

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345407238

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 377

View: 1724

A look at the life of a Haitian surgeon who specializes in liver and kidney transplants details her years in college and medical school and her will to succeed

Wir Halbgötter

Bekenntnisse einer Chirurgin

Author: Gabriel Weston

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 364446751X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 2148

Im OP geht es um Leben und Tod – und alles andere, was zum Menschsein gehört: Wie ist es, als Chirurgin für das Leben eines anderen Menschen verantwortlich zu sein? Wie fühlt es sich an, einen Körper aufzuschneiden? Wie sagt man einem gutaussehenden jungen Mann, dass er nur noch ein paar Tage zu leben hat? Gabriel Weston erzählt scharf beobachtete Episoden aus ihren ersten Berufsjahren als Chirurgin in einem Krankenhaus. Eine starke Frauenstimme und ein berührendes Buch über das Kranksein, die Schönheit und die Flüchtigkeit des Lebens. «Was für ein grandioses Buch. Gabriel Westons Sprache ist so verführerisch, ihre Weisheit so frisch und ungetrübt von Sentimentalität, und trotzdem spürt man hinter jedem wohlformulierten Satz ihre Empathie - und ihre funkelnde Aufrichtigkeit.» (Nicholas Shakespeare)

This Force of Memory

A Surgeon's Story of Addiction

Author: Noah Paine

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781503090088


Page: 244

View: 4290

Doctors fix people. They might get their hands a little bloody in the process, but they get the job done. At least that's what we expect of them. But what happens when a physician breaks or become ill? Can't they just fix themselves? Is it even possible? Once a physician becomes ill or mentally broken, are they done, lepers for life? This Force of Memory chronicles a surgeon's spiral into addiction. It is a memoir of a physician who becomes an addict after experiencing the horrors of medical error and PTSD first hand. For a surgeon it is almost incomprehensible that the current/best addiction treatment programs have a "spiritual" basis. But they do. This Force of Memory explores the medical/spiritual paradox that is the essence of modern addiction treatment. It is the memoir of a surgeon who, to his own surprise, discovers a healing mechanism quite removed from the operating room.

Second Lives, Second Chances

A Surgeon's Stories of Transformation

Author: Donald R. Laub, M.D.

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1773053299

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

View: 1017

The engrossing memoir of a plastic and reconstructive surgeon involved in groundbreaking and life-changing procedures Through his work in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Donald Laub changed the lives of thousands of people who had been shunned by society. Dr. Laub’s influence fostered the development of three key areas in the surgical profession: pioneering and influencing international humanitarian medical missions in the developing world, being at the forefront of gender affirmation surgery for transgender people since 1968, and the education and training of over 50 plastic and reconstructive surgeons. His unstinting efforts to surgically correct cleft palates gave new lives to thousands of children in developing countries. As one of the original surgeons to perform gender affirmation surgery, Laub not only continually improved on his methods, but he also became a tireless advocate for the rights of transgender people. His non-profit foundation (Interplast, now called ReSurge International) has sent thousands of multidisciplinary teams to perform transformative and reconstructive surgery in the developing world. Second Lives, Second Chances is more than just a memoir; it’s a testament to how the determination of one person can bring others together to make a lasting difference in the world.

Healing Children

A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine

Author: Kurt Newman, M.D.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698191641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6772

A National Bestseller An “astounding and miraculous ” (Madeline Levine) medical memoir by one of our nation’s leading pediatric surgeons-- the visionary head of Children’s National Anyone who has seen a child recover from a wound or a broken bone knows that kids are made to heal. Their bodies are more resilient, more adaptive, and far more able to withstand acute stress than adults’. In this inspiring memoir, Dr. Kurt Newman draws from his long experience as a pediatric surgeon working at one of our nation’s top children’s hospitals to make the case that children are more than miniature adults. Through the story of his own career and of the brave kids he has treated over the years—and their equally brave and tenacious parents—he reveals the revolution that is taking place in pediatric medicine. When he decided to become a pediatric surgeon, the field was in its infancy, struggling for esteem. Now, nearly forty years later, it is at the forefront of exhilarating new discoveries in everything from cancer research to mental health care. But few parents know how to access the best care for their children. Far too many find themselves frustrated and afraid. Dr. Newman wrote this book to help guide parents—not just of sick kids but of all kids —and to share his knowledge of what children need to thrive. A deeply human story with a spectacular cast of young heroes and heroines, Healing Children will convince you that we still have a lot to learn from our kids.

Follow Your Star

From Mining to Heart Transplants - a Surgeon's Story

Author: Terence English

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781456771317

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 3138

The central part of this story is a fascinating account of the trials and tribulations associated with the author's determination to establish a heart transplant programme in Britain. He eventually performed Britain's first successful heart transplant at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in 1979. At the time there were only four other centres in the world performing heart transplants. However, within a decade over 4,000 patients a year were being transplanted worldwide, and Papworth had become one of the best known hospitals for heart and lung transplantation. The author's involvement in this work led to professional recognition and the presidency of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Amongst other responsibilities, he became engaged in trying to modify some of the more controversial reforms of the National Health Service being introduced at that time by the Thatcher government. Other honours followed, including a knighthood and seven years as Master of St Catharine's College in Cambridge, which added a new dimension of interest to his life. The story also covers his early years in South Africa, including his work as a diamond-driller in Rhodesia and then qualification as a mining engineer before deciding to become a doctor. Prior to starting at Guy's Hospital in London, he engaged in mining exploration in Northern Quebec and the Yukon and during the next three years returned to Canada each summer for similar work. His training in cardiac surgery coincided with exciting developments in this new specialty, during which his background in engineering proved helpful. A theme present throughout Terence English's autobiography is that of "Follow Your Star". For him this meant being prepared to change direction if a brighter star seemed to appear on the horizon. This led to several false starts along the way, but most provided valuable and enriching experiences, even if they did not contribute to his eventual career.

The Surgeon's Wife

A True Story of Obsession, Rage, and Murder

Author: Kieran Crowley

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429903318

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 4136

In the summer of 1985, in his exclusive Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, Robert Bierenbaum, a prominent surgeon and certified genius, strangled his wife Gail to death. He then drove her body to an airstrip in Caldwell, N.J., and dumped it into the Atlantic Ocean from a single-engine private plane. The next day he reported her missing. Gail's parents had been thrilled to learn she was marrying Robert Bierenbaum. He seemed to be the perfect match for their daughter. he was from a well-to-do family, a medical student who spoke five languages fluently, a skier, and he even flew an airplane. But Gail would come to learn of her husband's dark side. On one occasion when Robert had tried to choke Gail because he caught her smoking, she filed a police report. She also alleged that he tried to kill her cat because he was jealous of it. For year, her sister pleaded with Gail to run for her life. Even her therapist warned his vulnerable patient that she could eventually die at the hands of the man she married. Fifteen years after this unspeakable, unfathomable crime, a jury found Robert Bierenbaum guilty of murder--and stripped the mask off of this privileged professional to reveal a monster.

Sterblich sein

Was am Ende wirklich zählt. Über Würde, Autonomie und eine angemessene medizinische Versorgung

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104035849

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

View: 704

Ein Buch über das Sterben, das das Leben lehrt Die Medizin scheint über Krankheit und Tod zu triumphieren, doch sterben wir so trostlos wie nie zuvor. Der Bestsellerautor und renommierte Arzt Atul Gawande schreibt in seinem beeindruckenden Buch über das, was am Ende unseres Lebens wirklich zählt. Ungewöhnlich offen spricht er darüber, was es bedeutet, alt zu werden, wie man mit Gebrechen und Krankheiten umgehen kann und was wir an unserem System ändern müssen, um unser Leben würdevoll zu Ende zu bringen. Ein mutiges und weises Buch eines großartigen Autors, voller Geschichten und eigener Erfahrungen, das uns hilft, die Geschichte unseres Lebens gut zu Ende zu erzählen. »Dieses Buch ist nicht nur weise und sehr bewegend, sondern gerade in unserer Zeit unbedingt notwendig und sehr aufschlussreich.« Oliver Sacks »Die medizinische Betreuung ist mehr auf Heilung ausgelegt als auf das Sterben. Dies ist Atuls Gawandes stärkstes und bewegendstes Buch.« Malcolm Gladwell

One Life, Many Deaths

A Surgeon's Stories

Author: Brownell Wheeler

Publisher: Meredith Winter Press

ISBN: 9780692269367


Page: 386

View: 7813

As the path of his life unfolds, from a farm in the hills of Eastern Kentucky to the pinnacles of academic medicine, a surgeon's childhood panic about death is gradually transformed into a mature peace with mortality. Not only is his encounters with patients - from a gypsy patriarch to a homeless pauper - but also near-death experiences, premonitions, and other psychic phenomena, contributed to a growing sense of wonder, mystery, sometimes beauty, and above all serenity in the face of an inescapable human experience, death. The latter chapters, written after the author developed Parkinson's disease, describe how this physician, scientist, administrator, and increasingly spiritual seeker plans to live a full and happy life, and have a "good death" when the time comes.

Bevor ich jetzt gehe

Was am Ende wirklich zählt - Das Vermächtnis eines jungen Arztes

Author: Paul Kalanithi

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 3641189365

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 7896

„Dieses gehört zu der Handvoll Bücher, die für mich universell sind. Ich empfehle es wirklich jedem.“ ANN PATCHETT Was macht das eigene Leben lebenswert? Was tun, wenn die Lebensleiter keine weiteren Stufen in eine vielversprechende Zukunft bereithält? Was bedeutet es, ein Kind zu bekommen, neues Leben entstehen zu sehen, während das eigene zu Ende geht? Bewegend und mit feiner Beobachtungsgabe schildert der junge Arzt und Neurochirurg Paul Kalanithi seine Gedanken über die ganz großen Fragen.