As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the O.R. and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. He explores the twenty-four-hour challenges that come from patients and their loved ones; the ethics of saving the lives of repugnant criminals; the hot-button issues of healthcare, lawsuits, and reimbursements; and the true cost of running a private practice. And he explains the influence of the "white coat code of silence" and why patients may never know what really transpires during surgery. Ultimately, Dr. Ruggieri lays bare an occupation that to most is as mysterious and unfamiliar as it is misunderstood. His account is passionate, illuminating, and often shocking-an eye-opening, never- before-seen look at real life, and death, in the O.R.
Fascinating read but...
While this book is really useful as a peek into the future for the future OR staff, the author is too prone to long winded tangents. I found myself skipping pages and pages just to get back to the point.
A good read for anyone who isn't annoyed by getting off topic repeatedly.
Behind the Mask
This is a bare-bones frank account of a surgeon’s life on duty….worts and all. The physical toll on the doctor’s body and mind after perhaps an eighty hour week is immensely stressful and can impact the outcome of surgical success or unintentional mistakes. The surgeon lays it all out there with great pathos and accuracy.
A glimpse into a world most of us can only imagine. A must read that will keep you glued to its pages.