Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon

Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon

Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon

Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon


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What does it mean to be a doctor?

“I am a doctor.”

Every year, thousands of medical school graduates utter these four simple words. But as you will see in Playing God, earning an M.D. is just the first step to becoming a real physician.

In this page-turning, thrilling, and moving memoir, Dr. Anthony Youn reveals that the true metamorphosis from student to doctor occurs not in medical school but in the formative years of residency training and early practice. It is only through actually saving and losing patients, taking on the medical establishment, wrestling with financial and emotional survival, and fighting for patients’ lives that a young doctor becomes a mature and competent physician.

Dr. Youn takes you from the operating rooms of a university surgery residency program to the gleaming offices of top Beverly Hills plastic surgeons to opening the doors of his empty clinic as a new doctor with no money, no patients, and mountains of debt. Playing God leaves you with an unexpected answer to that profound question: “What does it mean to be a doctor?”

In Playing God, you will take a journey through the world of surgery, hospitals, and the practice of medicine unlike any that you have traveled before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642931280
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,090,730
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anthony Youn, M.D. is known as America’s Holistic Beauty Doc™ and one of the country’s most recognized plastic surgeons. He is the host of a popular podcast, The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show. Dr. Youn is also the author of In Stitches, his critically-acclaimed and award-winning memoir of becoming a doctor (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2011), and The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger (Grand Central Life & Style/Hachette, 2016). The latter was adapted into a successful public television special which has been viewed by millions. Dr. Youn is also a regular expert on The Rachael Ray Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and many more national television programs.

Named a "Top Plastic Surgeon" by U.S. News and World Report, Town & Country, and Harper's Bazaar, Dr. Youn is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Alan Eisenstock is the author of seventeen books, most recently Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America (Convergent Books), written with Dr. Ayaz Virji. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue: See Twenty, Do a Hundred, Teach One 1

Part 1 Internship 9

1 Putting Out Fires 11

2 The One That Stays with Me 30

3 Wasting Away Again in Grand Haven 39

Part 2 Residency-Year Two 51

4 Don't Get Sick in July 53

5 The Decisions You Make 67

6 Finding My Voice 76

Part 3 Residency-Year Three 87

7 Going Toe to Toe with Death 89

8 Sue Me 99

Part 4 Residency-Year Four 109

9 Dad Can Dance 111

10 Fixing Faces 114

Part 5 Residency-Year Five 119

11 Island Fever 121

12 Migration 128

Part 6 Fellowship-Year Six 135

13 The Capital of Plastic Surgery 137

14 Business as Usual in La La Land 148

15 Say Goodbye to Hollywood 160

Part 7 Private Practice 173

16 Take My Card…Please 175

17 Dr. 90210 193

18 Driving in Neutral 206

19 "Look at Me!" 222

20 Psychiatrist with a Scalpel 239

Part 8 Making It 249

21 Holding Hands 251

22 Thrown Under the Bus 258

23 Jamaica, Say You Will 272

24 Standing My Ground 282

Acknowledgments Anthony Youn, M.D 295

Acknowledgments Alan Eisenstock 297

About the Authors 299

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