The Real Grey's Anatomy: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at thte Real Lives of Surgical Residents

The Real Grey's Anatomy: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at thte Real Lives of Surgical Residents

by Andrew Holtz
     
 

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Find out what makes surgical residents tick…  

   • Do surgeons talk about their sex lives while cutting a heart open?
   • How much time do surgical interns actually spend in the OR?
   • Do surgeons respond to death as objective See more details below

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Find out what makes surgical residents tick…  

   • Do surgeons talk about their sex lives while cutting a heart open?
   • How much time do surgical interns actually spend in the OR?
   • Do surgeons respond to death as objective doctors or as compassionate people?
   • How do they react when asked to save the life of an abuser or a criminal or an addict?
 
Since its debut, the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has raised compelling questions like these. With an emphasis on the personal lives of the surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians, the show has generated a flurry of interest in how these medical professionals really make it through one of the most rigorous educational programs around.
 
How much of the medical drama seen in Grey’s Anatomy is pure entertainment, and how much is an accurate reflection of life both in and out of the OR? Here, a well-known medical journalist provides some answers. He examines a group of new surgical residents at a major teaching hospital in the Pacific Northwest as they tackle the roller-coaster ride of long hours, fascinating procedures, mundane office tasks, and emotional ups and downs that comprise the life of a student of surgery.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The overachievers on the hit TV show Grey's Anatomy stand on the shoulders of M.D.s from decades of medical dramas. But health journalist Holtz finds more than a kernel of truth in the ABC white-coat soaper and notes, “[O]ur attitudes and beliefs about surgery and medicine shift and adapt unconsciously” while we take in the fiction from Seattle Grace Hospital. What unfolds in the book is a Cliff's Notes for surgical residents: the grueling hours—a max of 80 a week; the weird operating flukes—a flame bizarrely ignites from the gas in a surgery patient's gut; the need to give good care even to bad people. The anecdotes, however, seem as likely to come from Grey's as from real life. On the struggle in treating ailing criminals, one resident confides, “I don't feel like my care was compromised by being aware that he was a criminal, but it definitely made me think about it.” There's little new in these tales from the sick ward, but Holtz gives them all a Hollywood glow. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101171462
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
230,484
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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