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

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As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the O.R. and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. He explores the ...

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Overview

As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the O.R. and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. 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. And he explains the influence of the "white coat code of silence" and why patients may never know what really transpires during surgery.

Ultimately, Dr. Ruggieri lays bare an occupation that to most is as mysterious and unfamiliar as it is misunderstood. His account is passionate, illuminating, and often shocking-an eye-opening, never- before-seen look at real life, and death, in the O.R.

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Ruggieri (The Surgery Handbook: A Guide To Understanding Your Operation), a general surgeon in private practice, here gives readers an honest and open look into the surgical profession. He reflects on topics such as the rigors of training, excessive work hours and fatigue, medical errors, malpractice and the fear of being sued, dealing with the guilt of patient death, and medical ethics. Interspersed throughout the book are stories about real patients, which illustrate his points. VERDICT Though interesting and well written for the most part, the book is a little disjointed chronologically. Additionally, Ruggieri's concluding chapters are presented in the format of an interview, forcing readers to transition from narrative to transcript and creating a rhetorical shift that detracts from the overall flow of the book. Still, those interested in the hard work of medicine and especially surgery may find this a worthwhile read.—Dana Ladd, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Libs., Richmond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425245156
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 295,195
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Ruggieri, M.D., is a practicing board-certified general/laparoscopic surgeon who has been operating for over 20 years. Dr. Ruggieri performed his surgical training at the world-renowned Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital, in St. Louis. He then spent three years as an active duty general surgeon in the U.S. Army. Currently, he is former chief of the department of surgery at a large community hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, the very hospital he helped build as an ironworker before attending medical school nearly 30 years ago. Dr. Ruggieri has written several books for patients. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three stepsons. Visit his website at www.paulruggieri.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 The Making of a Surgeon 1

Chapter 2 Are Surgeons Human? 29

Chapter 3 First, Try Not to Harm 51

Chapter 4 The White Coat Code of Silence 75

Chapter 5 Get Out of My Operating Room 99

Chapter 6 Surgeons Hate Surprises 125

Chapter 7 This Won't Hurt a Bit 153

Chapter 8 Patients Are the Best Teachers 177

Chapter 9 Thoughts on Death and Lawsuits 201

Chapter 10 Will Your Surgeon Be There? 220

Bibliography 255

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Boring

    Started off well, but was very stiff and formal. Mostly complaints about healthcare, insurance.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    The book overall has some good information, but mostly it scream

    The book overall has some good information, but mostly it screams of this guy trying to satisfy his own ego and justify his mistake. It comes off as cold and unyielding and he scrutinizes the US medical system to such a degree that the last chapter is hard to get through. If you want to actually learn something about medicine I would suggest another book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Fabulous!

    A great, interesting, fun read. Provides many insights into the medical profession. Read it while I was with a critical patient in the hospital. Gave me much greater understanding about the challenges physicians and healthcare professionals face.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    interesting

    Fast read. Interesting look into the life of a surgeon and what goes into becoming a surgeon. I liked Dr. Ruggieri's honesty.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    A must read if you are having surgery

    Gives you a very good understanding of what goes on in the operating room. Has specific questions you must ask your surgeon. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Great eye opener!

    This book gives you a better idea of what goes on in the surgeon's mind. Also helps you understand the psychology behind why some people choose surgery as their profession.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Perfect story, because it is the truth

    Plain and simple, this story works. Four stars because the whole book was amazing then had an ending not at strong as i expected

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Soldiers den

    54 soldiers

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Don't Bother

    Heard it all before !!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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