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Posted July 26, 2012
This is the second book about surgery that Dr. Gelber has written, and this one was even better than the first one.
There is a wealth of information in here, and I don’t just mean for people in the medical field, but for anyone who reads it. It’s an intimate look at what goes on “behind the scenes” during surgery, with plenty of examples drawn from the author’s own practice or that of his colleagues. It can be a bit jarring at first to jump right in, because there are many, many medical terms, but, with a glossary in the back, it quickly becomes fascinating to see what each of those words means.
I particularly enjoyed the chapter called “Disasters”, mainly because of the honesty in the writing. The entire chapter is about medical cases that, for one reason or another, went wrong. The way that Dr. Gelber tells us about them, the sincerity in the way he describes what would have been a better procedure or better choice in hindsight, is worth the whole book.
That chapter is followed by some lighter ones, in which the author contemplates what it’d be like to treat superheroes like Superman or Spiderman, which is hilarious, and then another chapter on the surgical devices he’d like to create if reality and money wasn’t an issue. Very amusing as well.
This is a fascinating book, and I highly recommend it.
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Posted September 14, 2012
I work in an OR and this book really hit home. To say I
enjoyed it would be an understatement! Dr. Gelber not only shares his incredible medical knowledge, but he also allows us to be made aware that physicians are "human". I appreciare his sense of wit, his honesty, and his willingness to take us into his world as a surgeon. Thanks Dr. Gelber for a real life look 'Under the Drapes'.
Posted June 23, 2012
Under the Drapes: More Mystique of Surgery" is my follow up book to "Behind the Mask: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform Them". "Behind the Mask" took the reader into the head of the surgeon, examining the way surgeons think and how decisions are made before, during and after an operation. "Under the Drapes" reveals more about the reasons a patient may need an operation. The first part of the book looks at specific problems and medical conditions from the perspective of maintenance of normal body function. Chapters entitled "Flowing", "Leaks", "Stones", and several others present a variety of disease states that call for surgical intervention; anything that interferes with normal mechanical function of our bodies often calls for a surgeon to come and make repairs.
Later chapters look more at some of the remarkable, often unbelievable, things that patients may say or do in the course of their surgical treatment. And, the book would not be complete without some humorous commentary on the world of surgery.
"Under the Drapes" should provide an excellent supplement to "Behind the Mask" looking into the world of surgery from a new and different perspective, but still providing insights that are usually not available to readers who are not part of the everyday world of surgery.