Bare Bones: A Surgeon's Tale

Bare Bones: A Surgeon's Tale

by Augusto Sarmiento
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591020492

ISBN-13: 9781591020493

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Like the 14th-century surgeon in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dr. Augusto Sarmiento has a tale to tell. This book is both an interesting autobiographical story of a young immigrant doctor's rise to success in the United States and a critique of recent trends in American medicine by someone who is now a recognized authority in orthopaedic surgery. Educated

Overview

Like the 14th-century surgeon in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dr. Augusto Sarmiento has a tale to tell. This book is both an interesting autobiographical story of a young immigrant doctor's rise to success in the United States and a critique of recent trends in American medicine by someone who is now a recognized authority in orthopaedic surgery. Educated in his native Colombia, Dr. Sarmiento immigrated to the United States not long after receiving his medical degree. His early years were difficult as he struggled to overcome the language barrier and often encountered prejudice regarding his medical training in Latin America. Feeling like an outsider for many years, he finally came to realize that his unorthodox perspective on medicine was an asset that could be used to make significant contributions to his specialty. He was among the pioneers who brought total hip replacement surgery to the United States, and his research improved the profession's understanding of the way fractures heal. In time he was elected president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

As someone who has practiced medicine for almost fifty years on many levels he is profoundly disturbed by recent developments in the American healthcare scene. He is especially critical of the increasing control of education and research by the pharmaceutical industry, the unconscionable overuse of surgery by many practitioners in his field, and the "greed factor" that has saturated the medical profession. This modern surgeon's tale is both an inspirational story of how one man made a difference and a revealing critique of the ills affecting American medicine today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591020493
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface9
Chapter 1.Roots13
Chapter 2.A Troubled Adolescence20
Chapter 3.Shattered Dreams29
Chapter 4.Uncertainties36
Chapter 5.Facing Reality44
Chapter 6.Choosing a Medical Career53
Chapter 7.A Rude Awakening63
Chapter 8.On to the Colossus of the North69
Chapter 9.Facing a Daunting Crisis78
Chapter 10.Southern Exposure84
Chapter 11.Life as an Orthopaedic Resident95
Chapter 12.Light at the End of the Tunnel109
Chapter 13.A Full-Fledged Practitioner116
Chapter 14.In Love with Academia124
Chapter 15.Creating an Opportunity134
Chapter 16.Appreciating the Physically Impaired141
Chapter 17.Understanding the Spinal Cord Injured151
Chapter 18.The Abuse of Rights164
Chapter 19.A Changing Profession173
Chapter 20.The Big Break180
Chapter 21.Students and Friends193
Chapter 22.Introduction to a New Career200
Chapter 23.To the Top of the Academic Ladder217
Chapter 24.Criticized by the Master226
Chapter 25.To California: Chasing the Rainbow231
Chapter 26.An Unexpected Shock241
Chapter 27.Rethinking My Roots253
Chapter 28.To the Presidency of the Academy259
Chapter 29.A Strange Experience268
Chapter 30.The Orthopaedic-Industrial Complex277
Chapter 31.Fighting the War on Several Fronts290
Chapter 32.Understanding the Opposition297
Chapter 33.The Changing Face of Research307
Chapter 34.Enjoying the Teaching Experience311
Chapter 35.Life Gets More Complicated318
Chapter 36.Contemplating Life in Scotland330
Chapter 37.In the Land of Adam Smith337
Chapter 38.Greed and Hubris351
Chapter 39.Back Where It All Began358
Chapter 40.Medicine as a Business361
Epilogue377

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