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Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story (2000)

by Gabriel Weston(Favorite Author)
3.57 of 5 Votes: 4
0224085638 (ISBN13: 9780224085632)
review 1: Snagged this bad boy on post Christmas clearance from Barnes & Noble online, and as with most books I get from their website I'm just kind of taking a chance and hoping I like the outcome. Luckily, this was one of the times I did! It's a pretty self explanatory book, from the subtitle alone, but Weston writes like a writer and not like what I imagine a surgeon writes like. Perhaps it is because she comes from an English under grad degree, but for whatever reason, I enjoy it. My one problem was that sometimes she seems to forget that she's writing for the general public who, in more cases than not, probably don't know the majority of the terms she's talking about. She does a good job of inviting us in to the operating room instead of having us stand on the outside and look ... morein, it's just sometimes you're not really sure what you're looking at. She paints a very vivid picture on most occasions, thankfully they're not super graphic, but you can see exactly what she's explaining. It's also terribly interesting to get the perspective of a surgeon, one that you'd never really think about. It's almost disconcerting to hear some of the emotions they have and reasoning for things they do, but it does make you realize that unfortunately, surgeons are human too, for they just wish to impress their colleagues, and not embarrass themselves in front of their superiors. Sometimes, the ailing public is the one that has to face the repercussions of these all to normal problems, but luckily the family of surgeons, doctors and nurses that inhabit the hospitals almost always make it so that they end their shift knowing they've done the best and most that they possibly could have.
review 2: The author of the book--an arts student turned surgeon--uses her female intelligent observation and sentiments to dissect the incidences that happen to patients, to other surgeons and to other doctors. She reveals her intimates feelings when she fails to balance what is best for her career and what is best for her patient, and her pride when she correctly diagnoses a patient on her first day of supervising the ER...It is a fast read that is filled with excitement. Each chapter ends with a climax of its own. less
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Interesting and well-written but ultimately I wanted more. Write more, Gabriel Weston! And longer!
Getting behind on my updates. Enjoyed this, definitely worth reading if you're a trainee doctor.
A very interesting read, thoroughly enjoyed it and read it within the day!
I love these kinds of books!!!
Interesting stories!
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