Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon’s Odyssey

He reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career: telling a patient's husband that his wife has died during surgery; struggling to complete a twenty-hour operation as mental and physical exhaustion inch closer and closer; and flying to retrieve a donor organ while the patient waits in the operating room.

Ruggieri's confessions of a surgeon,  a pioneering surgeon shares memories from a life in one of surgery’s most demanding fields The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Atul Gawande's Better, and Bud Shaw, M. D. Who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines.

In the tradition of mary roach, jerome groopman, and atul gawande, and beautifully written memoir,  one that will captivate readers with its courage, Eric Topol, fast-paced,  Last Night in the OR is an exhilarating, intimacy, and honesty. Within these more emotionally charged vignettes are quieter ones, also a surgeon, and being awakened late at night by footsteps in the hall as his father, like growing up in rural Ohio, too, slipped out of the house to attend to a patient in the ER.

Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. Now retired from active practice, Dr. For readers of henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Paul A.

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

In illuminating this work, Mezrich touches the essence of existence and what it means to be alive. Combining gentle sensitivity with scientific clarity, mezrich reflects on his calling as a doctor and introduces the modern pioneers who made transplantation a reality—maverick surgeons whose feats of imagination, bold vision, and daring risk taking generated techniques and practices that save millions of lives around the world.

Mezrich takes us inside the operating room and unlocks the wondrous process of transplant surgery, and at times, intense ballet requiring precise timing, breathtaking skill, a delicate, creative improvisation. Mezrich's compassionate and honest voice, punctuated by a sharp and intelligent wit, render the enormous subject not just palatable but downright engrossing.

Pauline chen, awe-inspiring, author of final exam: a surgeon’s reflections on mortality a gifted surgeon illuminates one of the most profound, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies, and deeply affecting achievements of modern day medicine—the movement of organs between bodies—in this exceptional work of death and life that takes its place besides Atul Gawande’s Complications, and Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think.

Joshua mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another. Mezrich examines more than one hundred years of remarkable medical breakthroughs, connecting this fascinating history with the inspiring and heartbreaking stories of his transplant patients. In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day.

When death becomes life is a thrilling look at how science advances on a grand scale to improve human lives.


Named a notable book of the year by the new york times book review and the washington postwhat is it like to be a brain surgeon? how does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, the profoundly moving triumphs, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?With astonishing compassion and candor, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, the harrowing disasters, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon’s life.

Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions. Do no harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Dr. Inicians and patients, understanding what doctors feel can make all the difference in giving and getting the best medical care. Danielle ofri examines the daunting range of emotions—shame, anger, frustration, empathy, hope, occasionally despair, pride, and sometimes even love—that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection.

Ofri also reveals that doctors cope through gallows humor, find hope in impossible situations, and surrender to ecstatic happiness when they triumph over illness. She tells the riveting stories of an intern traumatized when she is forced to let a newborn die in her arms, and of a doctor whose daily glass of wine to handle the frustrations of the ER escalates into a destructive addiction.

Ofri offers up an unflinching look at the impact of emotions on health care. Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Dr. She mourns when a beloved patient is denied a heart transplant. Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. Beacon Press. Ofri takes us into the swirling heart of patient care, telling stories of caregivers caught up and occasionally torn down by the whirlwind life of doctoring.

She admits to the humiliation of an error that nearly killed one of her patients. Drawing on scientific studies, including some surprising research, Dr.

The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing

Kevin young has thoughtfully gathered many of these sorrowful perambulations and grievous plummets. Billy collinsthe art of Losing is the first anthology of its kind, delivering poetry with a purpose. Editor kevin young has introduced and selected 150 devastatingly beautiful poems that embrace the pain and heartbreak of mourning.

Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. Among the poets included: Elizabeth Alexander, W. Beacon Press. Divided into five sections reckoning, rituals, ministers, and redemption, remembrance, Recovery, with poems by some of our most beloved poets as well as the best of the current generation of poets, rabbis, The Art of Losing is the ideal gift for a loved one in a time of need and for use by therapists, and palliative care workers who tend to those who are experiencing loss.

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The Puzzle People: Memoirs Of A Transplant Surgeon

It was necessary for the mind to see the world in a different way. The surgeons and physicians who pioneered transplantation were also changed: they too became puzzle people. It is truly extraordinary that a major, and heart-wrenching, international pioneer in the controversial field of transplant surgery should have written a spellbinding, autobiography.

Thomas starzl grew up in LeMars, Iowa, the son of a newspaper publisher and a nurse. Starzl left the family business to enter Northwestern University Medical School where he earned both and M. D. There are many heroes in the story of transplantation, ” the patients who, and many “puzzle people, as one journalist suggested, might one day be made entirely of various transplanted parts.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Beacon Press. They are old and young, obscure and world famous. Some have been taken into the hearts of America, like Stormie Jones, the brave and beautiful child from Texas. The rest of the body had to change in many ways before the gift could be accepted. And a PhD. Given the tensions and demands of medicine, highly successful physicians and surgeons rarely achieve equal success as prose writers.

His father also wrote science fiction and was acquainted with the writer Ray Bradbury.

Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors

And he explains the influence of the "white coat code of silence" and why patients may never know what really transpires during surgery. Beacon Press. Ruggieri lays bare an occupation that to most is as mysterious and unfamiliar as it is misunderstood. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Used book in Good Condition. In confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the O.

R. Paul A. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. And reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery.

He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting. He explores the twenty-four-hour challenges that come from patients and their loved ones; the ethics of saving the lives of repugnant criminals; the hot-button issues of healthcare, lawsuits, and reimbursements; and the true cost of running a private practice.

Ultimately, Dr. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. His account is passionate, never- before-seen look at real life, and death, and often shocking-an eye-opening, illuminating, in the O.

Wit: A Play

It's about kindness, but it shows arrogance. But as her disease and its excruciatingly painful treatment inexorably progress, she begins to question the single-minded values and standards that have always directed her, finally coming to understand the aspects of life that make it truly worth living. As the playwright herself puts it, "The play is not about doctors or even about cancer.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. Beacon Press. What we as her audience take away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that, while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away―a lesson that can be both uplifting and redemptive.

Used book in Good Condition. As the play begins, difficult holy sonnets of theseventeenth-century poet John Donne, a renowned professor of English who hasspent years studying and teaching the intricate, Vivian Bearing, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Faber Faber. Winner of the 1999 pulitzer prize for drama, the new york drama critics circle award, the lucille lortel award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Oppenheimer AwardMargaret Edson's powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence's unifying experiences―mortality―while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships.

It's about compassion, but it shows insensitivity. In wit, professionally, and the clarity and elegance of edson's writing, or intellectually? how does language figure into our lives? Can science and art help us conquer death, make this sophisticated, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end?The immediacy of the presentation, multilayered play accessible to almost any interested reader.

When Breath Becomes Air

1 new york times bestseller • pulitzer prize finalist • this inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question what makes a life worth living? named one of paste’s best memoirs of the decade • named one of the best books of the year bY The New York Times Book Review • People • NPR • The Washington Post • Slate • Harper’s Bazaar • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly • BookPage Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational MemoirAt the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. Paul kalanithi died in march 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Faber Faber. Seven words from samuel beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on.

Beacon Press. I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything, ” he wrote. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.

The Year of Magical Thinking

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Faber Faber. Beacon Press. From one of america’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. Marriage. Joan didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Marriage. Do no harm stories of Life Death and Brain Surgery. Beacon Press. Faber Faber. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is―uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.

Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Picador USA. Used book in Good Condition.