Emily Transue's experiences during her 3-year residency make fascinating reading. Each of the brief vignettes about patients, families, staff, and about the author herself, reveals some aspect important to the formation of a doctor. Transue struggles through all of them, and emerges as the kind of doctor every patient would like to have: understanding, caring, approachable, yet medically competent.
This is a very telling account of one womans journey through her medical residency. The stories of her feelings and processing of the journey is sprinkled with cases she had and it's informing. Transue writes well for not being an author in my opinion but I would have to say the the writing does have a dry quality to it.
I'm fairly interested in the subject so maybe I'd give it more of a shot than someone else. Transue seems very likable, very honest, very capable. I think, on average, that most people understand (as much as is possible for someone not in the medical profession) how hard being a doctor is. This just really underlines that fact. From having a patient die, to not being able to help a patient live, to sleepless nights and days, it's all here. I can't imagine having the sort of responsibility these doctors have. It's a scary thought indeed.
I think some photos would have added a nice touch. Even if the photos were only of Transue in her private life and not in her professional life. I like to see the person I'm reading about with memoirs so I personally would have liked that.
If you're interested in what doctors do day to day AND the process they go through inside during these days, weeks, months, years, than this is a good book for you. If you're only looking for cases and not personal reflection skip it - you'll most likely get bored fast. On the flip side, if you have a weak stomach I'd be careful. It could probably still be read but I'd definitely be careful.
Good book. I read it in 2 days. Kinda crazy. I usually don't get through a book that quick. It's a easy read. I was glad to see that she felt the emotions the patients and the frustrations that come with it. It is a hard job, but worthwhile. She shows she is human and not a robot as some doctors have become. She treats patients and families with respect and decency.
Terrific book. Dr. Transue gives a very personal, insider's look into her years as an intern and resident at a Seattle hospital. Filled with touching, funny, and sad moments. This book is an easy and wonderful read.
From the back of the book: "With humor, humility, and gentle wit, Transue leads us into the bizarre, bone-rattling world of medical training. Through her eyes, and her honest, engaging prose, we have a rare opportunity to experience the growth of a true healer. While readers may be lucky to have Transue as their guide, her patients are even luckier."