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The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By McCarthy, Matt

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"After his professional baseball career failed to launch, Matt McCarthy went to Harvard Medical School and onto a coveted residency slot in New York. But when he almost lost a patient on his first day after making what he believed to be a terrible error, he found himself facing t... read full description below.

ISBN 9780804138673
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Published 15 April 2016 by Random House
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ISBN-13 9780804138673
ISBN-10 0804138672
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Random House
Imprint Crown Archetype
Publication Date 15 April 2016
International Publication Date 5 April 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By McCarthy, Matt
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Medicine: General Issues
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 131mm
Height: 199mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 238g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Interns Medicine - Training of - United States, Hospital care - United States
NBS Text Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 610.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

"After his professional baseball career failed to launch, Matt McCarthy went to Harvard Medical School and onto a coveted residency slot in New York. But when he almost lost a patient on his first day after making what he believed to be a terrible error, he found himself facing the harsh reality of a new doctor's life--one in which even overachievers find themselves humbled, and in which med school training has little to offer in navigating the emotional roller-coaster of dealing with actual patients. Luckily for McCarthy, his second-year-resident adviser (whom he calls "Baio," owing to a resemblance to Charles in Charge-era Scott Baio) was an offbeat genius with a knack for breaking down the complicated process of treating patients. But neither doctor could offer much help to a patient named Barney, who had been living in the hospital while waiting for a new heart, and with whom McCarthy slowly befriended over the course of the year in ways that changed his perception of what it means to be a physician. Mixing the tense drama of ER with the screwball humor of Scrubs, McCarthy offers a window into hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing t

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A real delight...an entertaining window into an unknown world. USA Today It's an account so engaging that I went from swearing never to let an intern near me to understanding exactly why the doctor-training process works the way it does. Entertainment Weekly McCarthy gives readers a brutally honest, often darkly comical glimpse into the formative days of his medical career...an enthralling account of the metamorphosis of an uncertain medical resident into a skilled physician. Discover [This] rousing memoir describes [a] tumultuous year of medical internship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, a 12-month marathon noteworthy for a steep learning curve, emotional extremes, and chronic sleep deprivation...A genuine glimpse at the making of a doctor. Booklist This story is a year in the life of an almost-doctor, but it is so much more than that. It s a book about mentorship, compassion, pride, and the insecurity of learning the most important lessons in your career and in your life long after those lessons were supposed to be taught. It s about the precarious and often unclear boundary between life and death, and those tasked with maintaining this boundary, even at the end of a thirty-hour shift.Perhaps above all, it s about decent people doing a very hard, decent thing with their lives. Yes, doctors are people too and McCarthy tempers and then transcends the unease of such a reminder by telling his story with much humor, and even more heart. Jeff Hobbs, author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace Fascinating, funny and spot on. Like my own internship only with a laugh track. A must read for anyone who s going to be a doctor, or just going to see one. Lisa Sanders, MD, New York Times Magazine s Diagnosis columnist and author of Every Patient Tells A Story McCarthy s tale is by turns harrowing, hilarious, and uplifting. Whether you re deciding if you should become a doctor, or merely if you should go see one, this look beneath the hospital gown will change your perspective for good. David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene Thanks to Dr. Matt s column, I know why tennis players grunt, and why five-finger shoes are for morons, and why I should have gotten a vasectomy during March Madness. And thanks to this book, I now know how he became the kind of doctor that I feel comfortable going to with stupid drunken questions. Drew Magary, author of The Postmortal and Someone Could Get Hurt Hilarious, horrifying and ultimately inspiring, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly is a hallucinogenic trip through a doctor s first year, filled with ill-fated pin pricks, misdiagnosis, disappearing patients, life and, inevitably, death. Beautifully written and impossible to put down, here is the unvarnished look at how we create the flawed and ultimately heroic human beings who save our lives and sometimes don t. Steve Fainaru, co-author of League of Denial Everything you did or maybe didn t want to know about becoming a doctor. Matt McCarthy s tale of internship is equal parts entertaining, cringeworthy, and inspiring. Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Doctors Feel Matt McCarthy's new book, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, is an honest, beautiful, and terrifying look at what goes into creating a doctor. Filled with very human characters, both doctors and patients alike, Matt's well paced writing makes it easy to imagine yourself in the shoes of a brand new intern, nervous and afraid, yet still tasked with literal life and death decisions. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows or has been treated by a doctor (so basically everyone). Chris Kluwe, author of Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies Well-written and brutally honest, Dr. McCarthy s engrossing memoir of his internship year is told with uncommon frankness and perception. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly is one of the most powerful books about a doctor-in-training I have ever read. The author vividly describes the crushing emotional and physical demands a young doctor must face, and he does so with consummate skill and compassion. A marvelous book. Michael Collins, author of Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs I m no doctor but I am writer and what I appreciated most about Matt McCarthy s book is the humor and the humanity on every page. Even if you don't know the spleen from the stomach, by the end you will understand the sometimes frightening and sometimes comic reality of a doctor's apprenticeship. Jack McCallum, author of Dream Team Insightful, fast-paced and achingly honest, Matt McCarthy s The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly has all the elements of a great story: a flawed hero with lively allies battling frequent, seemingly insurmountable obstacles to reach a laudable goal - becoming a good doctor. Louise Aronson, author of A History of the Present Illness From the Hardcover edition.

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Author's Bio

MATT MCCARTHY is an assistant professor of medicine at Cornell and a staff physician at Weill Cornell Medical Center. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin, where he writes the Medspin column. His first book, Odd Man Out, was a New York Times bestseller.

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