|Part 1||Elusive Diagnosis||1|
|Part 2||Waiting Game||35|
|Part 4||Room with a View||117|
|Part 5||Days of Silence||189|
|Part 6||Marrow Rescue||199|
One Hundred Days: My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient / Edition 1by David Biro
Pub. Date: 02/27/2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
So begins David Biro's tale of
A Thirty-one-Yaer-Old Doctor has just completed his residency and joined his father's successful dermatology practice. Physically fit, happily married, surrounded by a loving family, he is poised to take on the future -- until the unthinkable occurs, and the doctor finds himself in a hospital gown, facing a terrifying diagnosis.
So begins David Biro's tale of metamorphosis from doctor to patient and -- slowly, painfully -- back again. Stricken with a rare blood disease that he decides to fight with a bone marrow transplant, Biro relates with honesty and courage the story of his most transforming journey. He is forthright about the advantages that his status as a physician may have afforded him; and yet no such advantage can protect him from the apprehension and doubt that encroach as he undergoes debilitating therapies and awaits the surgery that may save his life. The pressures that Biro's wild "one hundred days" bring to bear on his besieged body, his relationships, and his heretofore well-established identity as a caregiver rather than cared-for are enormous -- as is the power of this riveting story of survival.
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I thought this book was going to be about how the author, a doctor, suddenly experiences the medical establishment as a patient. Instead, he accepts the perks of being a doctor/patient without much question: He has easy access to top specialists. He gets a large hospital room with an exercise bike. Granted, he has a serious medical condition, but, to me, the book turns out to be a self-absorbed memoir.
This is a great, upbeat book that is definitely worth reading. It is well-written, compelling and informative. The author blends medical and personal data in a creative and often humorous way. Just when you begin to feel overwhelmed by his situation, he gives you a bit of humor to ease you through. His writing style is dynamic and fluid, conveying complex medical information with ease. I found his positive attitude to be inspiring throughout the whole book.