"Behind the Mask: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform Them" takes the reader into the world of surgery; life and death decisions, inside operations and pre and post operative events. Dr. David Gelber, a general surgeon with more than twenty years experience entertains, informs and brings a bit of humor to the surgical domain. Written clearly and concisely, "Behind the Mask" is for anyone that has ever had surgery, ever will have surgery or knows anyone that has had surgery. It is also perfect for nurses, medical students and anyone that works in and around hospitals.
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About the Author
By providing a peek into a surgeon’s world with his new release, Behind the Mask: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform Them (Ruffian Press, August 2011), Dr. David Gelber hopes to change that.
“My goal was to clearly present the thought processes that go into the life and death decisions surgeons make every day and explain what really happens during an operation - on the OR table and in the surgeon's head,” says Gelber.
Born in 1958 in upstate New York, the seventh of nine boys, Dr. Gelber attended college at Johns Hopkins University and medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, graduating in 1984. He started his training in general and vascular surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and finished in 1989 at Nassau County Medical Center on Long Island in New York.
As a partner in Coastal Surgical Group he has practiced in the Southeast Houston area for more than 20 years. He served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and as President of the Medical Staff at Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena Texas and was named one of America’s Top Docs for 2008 by physician rating service Castle Connolly.
When asked if his career path has been worth it, Dr. David Gelber – a General and Vascular Surgeon practicing in Southeast Harris County in Texas since 1990 – leaves little doubt.
“I’ve spent years attending to the drunks who couldn’t settle their differences without knives or guns, children with an appendix that decided to burst at 2:00 a.m., kindly old la¬dies who’ve said, ‘I’m done with those old breasts, just get rid of them,’ and so on. The rewards are tremendous,” says Dr. Gelber.
“Nearly every week I can look back and say that I saved somebody’s life - stopped their bleeding, removed their cancer, restored their ability to walk without pain or disability. This has given me great satisfaction.”
Dr. Gelber is the author of two science fiction novels, Future Hope, ITP Book One and Joshua and Aaron, ITP Book Two. He lives in Houston, Texas with Laura, his wife of 25 years and three teenaged children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very insightful. It is great to be able to participate in the care and surgical process through the surgeons eyes. Working in close proximity with surgeons daily i am always awestruck at the finese and talent i witness. A very easy read and 'real' experience for those who aren't fortunate enough to see first hand what goes on in an OR