The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly

A Physician's First Year
Author(s): Matt McCarthy
Original Publish Date: Apr 07, 2015
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.67 hours)
Product Number: Z100084113
Released: Apr 07, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781101889251
Narrator/s: Matt McCarthy
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, bringing readers into the critical care unit to see one burgeoning physician's journey from ineptitude to competence. In medical school, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor-the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients. But when a new admission to the critical care unit almost died his first night on call, he found himself scrambling. Visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital life, where confidence was hard to come by and no amount of med school training could dispel the terror of facing actual patients. This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy's intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients' rooms and doctors' conferences to witness a physician's journey from ineptitude to competence. McCarthy's one stroke of luck paired him with a brilliant second-year adviser he called "Baio" (owing to his resemblance to the Charles in Charge star), who proved to be a remarkable teacher with a wicked sense of humor. McCarthy would learn even more from the people he cared for, including a man named Benny, who was living in the hospital for months at a time awaiting a heart transplant. But no teacher could help McCarthy when an accident put his own health at risk, and showed him all too painfully the thin line between doctor and patient. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn to save lives in a job where there is no practice?

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Author(s): Matt McCarthy
Product Number EB00558465
Released: Apr 07, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: #9780804138666

Professional reviews

"Matt McCarthy offers an engaging narration of his reflections on his first year as a medical intern. He traces his progression from a wide-eyed and, at times, ignorant beginner to a "real" doctor who begins to understand the art of medicine. His delivery is animated and conversational, a style that reflects the content. His occasional coarse language may put off a few listeners, especially as the words sound stronger when heard than when read. But his emotional bond with some of his patients rings true. Overall, he presents an enlightening story in an intensely personal and occasionally humorous way. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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