Across the Red Line: Stories from the Surgical Life

Across the Red Line: Stories from the Surgical Life

by Richard C. Karl
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566399122

ISBN-13: 9781566399128

Pub. Date: 11/01/2001

Publisher: Temple University Press

Richard Karl, a doctor and teacher, takes the reader closer than any writer before into the corridors of the hospital, on the surgical table, and in the world of medicine. In these pages we see the tragedies and triumphs of modern medicine: the beauty of surgery done well, and the aftermath of operations that fail to deliver on the hopes of the doctor and patient. We…  See more details below

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Richard Karl, a doctor and teacher, takes the reader closer than any writer before into the corridors of the hospital, on the surgical table, and in the world of medicine. In these pages we see the tragedies and triumphs of modern medicine: the beauty of surgery done well, and the aftermath of operations that fail to deliver on the hopes of the doctor and patient. We witness the "M&M" - the morbidity and mortality meeting - where doctors scrutinize their own work and mistakes, and the often inevitable outcomes of treatment. Suffused throughout are Karl's keen observations on the workings of the human body and its immense capacity for healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399128
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Across the Red Line1
1M & M13
2How It Comes About That a Successful Operation Ends in Disaster24
3Fate33
4A Columnist Comes to Work40
5Four Patients in Santa Fe51
6Hanging57
7Helping Sal - Knowing When to Quit65
8On the Table75
9Hotel Utah89
10Midwest Bulletin Board97
11Retirement Party106
12Match Day117
13The Norwich Classic Car Rally127
14Luck138

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