Monday 4 February 2008

Another Medical Memoir

Finished February 3
Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years by Michael J. Collins
This is the second memoir of a doctor's residency that I've read lately, and I found it just as engaging as the first, although in many ways it is quite different. Collins was a orthopedic surgery resident at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This memoir tells of his four years there. He talks about his relationship with other residents, his relationship with other hospital staff, the patient cases he dealt with, and his personal life. One thing that I found eye-opening was the very low pay the residents got, which made it necessary for Collins to moonlight at a nearby rural hospital and still watch his finances very carefully. This memoir is very open and discusses many issues that come up during the training of residents.

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