Making the Cut: A Surgeon's Stories of Life on the Edge

Making the Cut A Surgeon s Stories of Life on the Edge To be surgeon is to stand without flinching in the sea of human suffering and using one s entire resource of knowledge skill and intelligence to battle it An intern makes his first cut and is ridic

  • Title: Making the Cut: A Surgeon's Stories of Life on the Edge
  • Author: Mohamed Khadra
  • ISBN: 9781742120256
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Audio CD
  • To be surgeon is to stand, without flinching, in the sea of human suffering and using one s entire resource of knowledge, skill and intelligence to battle it An intern makes his first cut and is ridiculed by his tutor An old woman is brought back to life against her will, only for the unexpected to strike a week later A notorious surgeon is driven crazy by a massive braTo be surgeon is to stand, without flinching, in the sea of human suffering and using one s entire resource of knowledge, skill and intelligence to battle it An intern makes his first cut and is ridiculed by his tutor An old woman is brought back to life against her will, only for the unexpected to strike a week later A notorious surgeon is driven crazy by a massive brain tumour The mother of a leukemia ridden child is driven to desperation In this compelling and beautifully written impressionistic memoir, Mohamed Khadra recounts stories from his life as a surgeon, from the gruelling years of training to the debilitating sleepless nights on call He looks back at the doctors and patients who shaped his career at the endless stream of humanity courageous, pitiful, admirable and dislikable who passed under his knife, as he recalls shocking tales of mistakes in theatre and the shattered lives of doctors defeated by the stresses of the job Documenting the soul destroying choices made for patients and the misplaced hope so common in the face of death, his dramatic account of a surgical life shows what happens when extraordinary events overtake everyday lives including, even, his own.

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    1. I think I can cross surgical specialisation off my list too. Very depressing read from my point of view about the hours and commitment. Appears to be a LOT of pain for incommensurate gain, but that's probably just me being lazy. Having said that, I'm not sure it was so much the hours that frightened me off but the end product; the sort of people that are attracted to surgery (or maybe it's what happens to you after the training process) are unappealing.Having said that, the book was well written [...]

    2. Great book, gives a insight into what is required by those who choose this path, and the awful events that occur around him at times.Fantastic insight into why our health system is failing in parts, and I can't agree more with his views on the nursing profession.(which is why I want to leave it)

    3. Excellent book, written with authority and ability. Khadra covers a multiple of topics and does it well, even if you may have differing views to his. I also admire his ability to point out flaws in the system that got him to where he was, something that does not always occur from the top. Well presented and well read.

    4. After finishing this book, I realized I liked Khadra's stories as much as I disliked his personality. This is an honest, gritty account of personal sacrifices and the toll a surgical career takes. It is a collection of Khadra's memorable cases, and the evolution of his surgical career as each patient and life milestone shapes him. I appreciated the unapologetically raw narrative that left a bad taste in my mouth.

    5. When i saw this book I knew I had to read it. After all I am a Medical Secretary and I love a few good memoirs. I really liked this book because, although following a sequence, it was written in short stories about the patients- meaning you could pick it on a whim and not have to think too much about story progression. This book was sad, educational and entertaining all at the same time. It gave a little insight in various aspects of a surgeons life that many people know very little about. Not o [...]

    6. I understand what others meant now by the author being arrogant. He certainly does have a really arrogant way of writing and his narcissism really turned me off. Also he made a lot of niggling misogynistic and transphobic comments- he really does sound like an old fogey and this really grated on me the entire book. I like to read surgical/medical memoirs as I am a medical student but if I compare this book to something by someone who has had similar experiences (immigrant born to poor parents be [...]

    7. Riveting and enlightening.War stories from becoming and being a surgeon and stories of his patients. This is a book you cannot put down, it is so compelling. Also I learned a lot about what makes surgeons the way they are.

    8. Harrowing, appalling, fascinating, riveting account of the work of a surgeon in the underfunded, over-burdened, Australian public health system. Dr Khadra's philosophical, poetic and humanitarian insights are awe-inspiring. (I also intend never to set foot in a hospital again, God willing!)

    9. Fascinating book, but I think I will wrap myself in cotton wool so I can avoid doctors for the rest of my life :) I wouldn't read it if you're stuck in hospital, but if you're healthy, it's an interesting read.

    10. this book has two parts the training and the practice. ireally enjoyed reading espicaally the training part .i highly recommende it to every one in the medical field . yet, am sure any non medical can also enjoy it was one of my favourite books.

    11. Mediocre with occasional moments of luminous clarity. Medicine is portrayed as terrifying and author is much too scarily superior for his success story to be of any reassurance.

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