For author Dr. Sidney Kaplan, there is no more honorable profession than the one he spent his career in, and to which he devoted his lifetime. In Fencing with God, he shares the story of his journey to become a physician and a surgeon and the maturation process he experienced throughout.
In this memoir, he narrates the obstacles faced on the way to becoming a thoracic surgeon, including an inordinate number of life-and-death traumatic cases in civilian practice that included all varieties of gunshot and stab wounds. Highlighting many cases, Kaplan offers insights into the operating room, from elective surgery to urgent to emergency, sharing what it was like in a race to save lives. He describes both the emotions and the experiences participating in life-threatening surgical procedures as both a surgeon and a patient.
Fencing with God tells the details of Kaplans career, faith, and personal life as well as offering a snapshot of history and medicine.
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¬Fencing with God Dr. Sidney Kaplan Dr. Kaplan takes you on a journey that can be followed and enjoyed by people of all ages. The journey of the life of a surgeon as he masters the complexities of the art of navigating the surgeon’s career and delving into the human body - with all of the complexities and mysteries -for the goal of saving and bettering lives is revealed to the reader with a front row seat. The aspect of ‘the art of survival” is brought to new realms as he takes the reader from the competitively intimidating college and med school interviews up through the ranks of the operating room. We are rooting for this author and amazed at what would be the reader’s first glance into the operating room. Kaplan does not hold back. Grateful for the honesty of his straight delivery of direct descriptions after a short time we find ourselves bonding to our host and are stunned when the unthinkable occurs unexpectedly as the tables are turned and our surgeon experiences hair raising episodes himself as the patient. Fencing with God is carefully told stating the actual names and places and is an American dream of focus, dedication and hard work. Challenges are met through creativity and grace. The author shows gratitude for his successes – hard won and old-fashioned values such as honor and a life well lived through saving lives is a goal this champion can claim. Excellent reading for all ages and a role model for success; the author is humble but directive. Never before does a reader get to experience first-hand the likes of this Chief Surgeon’s literal hands on work and life journey. Facts are not dummied down. This is the real deal! Arthur Scholkbeton