The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly

A Physician's First Year

Book - 2015
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"This ... memoir about the author's intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into the critical care unit to see one burgeoning physician's journey from ineptitude to competence"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780804138659
0804138656
Branch Call Number: B McCarthy 2015
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 25 cm

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sigridmac
Jul 31, 2016

This was a great autobiography about what it's like to come right out of med school feeling smug and confident that you're part of the great elite, and then you're suddenly confronted with real life patients who might die, and you are sleep deprived and overworked, and how scary that is. It reminds us of the learning curve for all jobs, particularly life or death jobs like piloting an airplane or performing surgery, and also how important empathy and seeing the patient as a person is. McCarthy never lost the sense of the person behind the condition, which many doctors do as they continue practicing. They harden themselves and distance themselves so that they don't have to feel the patient's pain on a daily basis. McCarthy's first year was a fascinating read. It's also an excellent argument against allowing interns to stay awake for so many hours in practice! We don't let truck drivers drive after 10 hours or whatever the law is – why should we ever let somebody come near our very sick body if that person has been awake and practicing for more than 18 hours?

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velvetcactus
Apr 06, 2016

It was an excellent reminder of the complexities of arriving at a proper diagnosis and how we the patients can facilitate that process with the accurate reporting of our symptoms.
It was indeed an engaging look at the folks on the other side of the gurney and the trials and tribulations they endure to do their utmost to give quality care. I was curious to see where the author would finally choose his specialty. To be honest, his account of things too often smacked of a narcissistic bent. But then the profession does seem to attract that sort of thing in some.

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mckeett
Mar 05, 2016

Interesting to read if you plan to become a doctor. Also check out "Odd Man Out" which is his story of being a minor league baseball player for a year before going to med school

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NRV120
Dec 29, 2015

I enjoyed Dr. McCarthy's honesty and story telling. I would recommend this book.

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vv9
Oct 22, 2015

An entertaining book about one man's experience in graduate medical education. The book is appealing in its honesty and relative paucity of "horn tooting", so common in the genre. Not to say that he's not the smartest intern on every rotation and highly recruited by all specialties.
But who isn't?

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