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"The Cost-Effective Use of Leeches" is the first book to take a humorous look at the making of today's doctors. This series of 50 essays follows the 4-year journey of author Jeff Drayer through the trials and tribulations of medical school. From his first encounter with gross anatomy, his daily contaminations in the OR, wrestling with the National Boards, and finally, Match Day, Dr. Drayer keeps his tongue firmly in cheek as he witnesses and reports the daily goings-on inside one of medicine's great teaching hospitals. "In med school, you are engaged in a daily battle, a struggle to prevent these people, inent on making you miserable, from winning. And they're very good at what they do."
This book is a must for anyone who sees the inside of medicine on a daily basis, and sometimes can't believe their eyes. And for those who want an insider's look at just what goes into turning young men and women into the doctors of tomorrow, there is no more entertaining way to find out.
"I truly liked medical school, though oftentimes the ridiculous outweighed the sane. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy reading this book just as much as I did writing it."

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883620134
  • Publisher: Galen Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/29/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    A funny and enjoyable read about medical school dynamics

    I'm surprised that many medical students are not aware of this book which presents a wonderfully light side of being a medical student. I bought this book after I got accepted into med school and it has only gotten funnier (and more real) as I proceed through the training. The book is written as short pieces of Dr. Drayer's perspective on training, beginning with the basic science years and progressing through clinical training, concluding with a residency placement. Also intermixed are a series of poems in the style of Cat In the Hat, such as 'Morton Hears A Heart Murmur.' These also became funnier as I learned more medical jargon. This is not your typical surviving medical school book, but it is certainly worthwhile to read because it reminds us that the more stressful and serious life can become, the more we need to reflect and laugh at it. I'll take Dr. Drayer's advice not to harp on isolating interleukin-18 from salamander eggs during my residency interview!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2000


    This is a hilarious account, not just of medical school, but of life. Dr. Drayer truly gets to the heart of what's good and bad about our medical system, but in so doing, takes us on a fantastic journey through four of the toughest years any one person can spend. And he does so with warmth and great humor. Though I am not in the health care profession, this has become one of my very favorite books.

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