Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors

Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors

by Paul A. Ruggieri M.D.


$15.31 $17.00 Save 10% Current price is $15.31, Original price is $17. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, December 18


As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the O.R. and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. He explores the twenty-four-hour challenges that come from patients and their loved ones; the ethics of saving the lives of repugnant criminals; the hot-button issues of healthcare, lawsuits, and reimbursements; and the true cost of running a private practice. And he explains the influence of the "white coat code of silence" and why patients may never know what really transpires during surgery. Ultimately, Dr. Ruggieri lays bare an occupation that to most is as mysterious and unfamiliar as it is misunderstood. His account is passionate, illuminating, and often shocking-an eye-opening, never- before-seen look at real life, and death, in the O.R.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425245156
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 461,904
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul A. Ruggieri, M.D., is a practicing board-certified general/laparoscopic surgeon who has been operating for over 20 years. Dr. Ruggieri performed his surgical training at the world-renowned Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital, in St. Louis. He then spent three years as an active duty general surgeon in the U.S. Army. Currently, he is former chief of the department of surgery at a large community hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, the very hospital he helped build as an ironworker before attending medical school nearly 30 years ago. Dr. Ruggieri has written several books for patients. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three stepsons. Visit his website at

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 The Making of a Surgeon 1

Chapter 2 Are Surgeons Human? 29

Chapter 3 First, Try Not to Harm 51

Chapter 4 The White Coat Code of Silence 75

Chapter 5 Get Out of My Operating Room 99

Chapter 6 Surgeons Hate Surprises 125

Chapter 7 This Won't Hurt a Bit 153

Chapter 8 Patients Are the Best Teachers 177

Chapter 9 Thoughts on Death and Lawsuits 201

Chapter 10 Will Your Surgeon Be There? 220

Bibliography 255

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Confessions of a Surgeon 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read. Interesting look into the life of a surgeon and what goes into becoming a surgeon. I liked Dr. Ruggieri's honesty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives you a very good understanding of what goes on in the operating room. Has specific questions you must ask your surgeon. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a better idea of what goes on in the surgeon's mind. Also helps you understand the psychology behind why some people choose surgery as their profession.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off well, but was very stiff and formal. Mostly complaints about healthcare, insurance.
Suzanne81 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An inside look into the world of a general surgeon, this is a book I am glad I read after my major surgery. Although we all know that surgeons are human like the rest of us, and experience both good and bad days, it is sobering to read the first-hand account of the consequences of the bad days. I appreciate the honesty and transparency of the author, qualities that are not always displayed in the medical profession. I wish the book had been better edited as parts of it were repetitive. A few of the conversations that conveyed information to the reader seemed contrived. All in all, though, a worthy read to find out what happens behind those closed OR doors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plain and simple, this story works. Four stars because the whole book was amazing then had an ending not at strong as i expected
Chlarkocks More than 1 year ago
The book overall has some good information, but mostly it screams of this guy trying to satisfy his own ego and justify his mistake. It comes off as cold and unyielding and he scrutinizes the US medical system to such a degree that the last chapter is hard to get through. If you want to actually learn something about medicine I would suggest another book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great, interesting, fun read. Provides many insights into the medical profession. Read it while I was with a critical patient in the hospital. Gave me much greater understanding about the challenges physicians and healthcare professionals face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
chelst More than 1 year ago
Heard it all before !!!!!