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—Wall Street Journal
"Amusing medical stories as seen through the eyes of a new doctor."
"Rivkees . . . documents his time at Mass General with wit, humor, and at times, sadness. Just two months out of medical school, Rivkees encountered his first meningitis case—an eight-week-old girl. It’s cases like this that make the book a worthwhile read because we get to see what happens inside one of the country’s top hospitals through the eyes of a green freshman."
"A new humorous — and at times serious — memoir . . . highlights what residency is truly like, and what the medical school textbooks don’t teach, like how to survive long weeks, sleepless nights and whirlwind days at the hospital."
—University of Florida Health
"From the mythical Marcus Welby to the heroes and heroines of ER to the maverick Dr. House, the public has been fascinated by the training and lives of physicians. Scott Rivkees expands on the myth with his insightful, at times irreverent , recollections of his residency training at 'Man’s Greatest Hospital.' Most of all, Rivkees amply demonstrates that physicians—especially the “best and the brightest”—are human, subject to the usual human frailties, but also dedicated to providing the cutting-edge, scientific care for which our leading teaching hospitals—like MGH—are renowned."
—Myron Genel, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Senior Research Scientist, Yale University
"A hilarious yet poignant account of a young physician's transformation from a medical student to a fully trained doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital. Scott Rivkees shares the highs and lows of becoming a physician while providing an insider’s view of the inner workings of 'Man’s Greatest Hospital' and the life of a resident living in Boston. I both laughed out loud and cried as I read this very entertaining and worthwhile book that manages to bring the House of God into the 21st century."
—Christopher Breuer, MD, Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Harvard University, Yale University, and Ohio State University
"A lively collection of personal tales that capture the training experience at the Massachusetts General Hospital. These fast-paced narratives through the eyes of a very perceptive physician provide a broad panorama of medical care. An appreciation for the nurturing and demanding academic mentors found in 'Man’s Greatest Hospital' shines through, and these narratives and document the very essence of the apprenticeship required to mold young trainees into some of our finest academic physicians."
—Frederick Southwick, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Florida
"Dr. Rivkees is one of the leading pediatric endocrinologists in the world. It is clear that his medical acumen and keen insights came from training at in an elite institution. Dr. Rivkees’ poignant and wacky stories show just how special this training was."
—Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University
"Dr. Rivkees has a marvelous way of mixing thoughtfulness with down-to earth realities. He has produced a marvelously informative book."
—Dr. Marco Danon, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology, Massachusetts General Hospital