Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery

Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery

by Catherine Musemeche


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611684421
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 844,161
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

CATHERINE MUSEMECHE, MD is a board-certified pediatric surgeon, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Her essay “Wake-Up Call” was included in the anthology At the End of Life, and excerpted on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” She lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction • The Thread of Life • Bunny Rabbits, Boston, and Babies • The Shortcut to Survival • Inside Out • Going to Extremes • Battlegrounds to Playgrounds • The Weight of the Future • Something to Celebrate • Tiny Tools for Tiny Bodies • Lessons • Small • The Lost and Found • Acknowledgments • Notes • Index

What People are Saying About This

Daniel Menaker

“Between the delicate surgeries on tiny patients, brilliant history lessons, and the obvious passion of the author for her work, Small is a huge achievement.”

John G. Raffensperger

“Small is huge. I read every word and found it to be wonderfully written by a surgeon who knows how to bring drama and sensitivity to the difficult situations all surgeons encounter every day.”

Katrina Firlik

“Dr. Musemeche has woven together history, personal narrative, and surgical anatomy with the deftness of a master of craft.”

Lee Gutkind

“Pediatric surgeons have long been unappreciated, but Small reveals in vivid, intimate detail the intensity and the excruciating focus that is required to do their painstaking work.”

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Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. This has given me perspective I never had—never thought to have with pediatric surgeries. I never studied medicine, so it's been especially eye opening. The stories of these operations make the read worthwhile, but the history woven throughout makes it an extra rich read. Highly recommend. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Written by an experienced surgeon, "Small" takes you right to the front lines to the extent that you almost feel like you are witnessing these surgeries live. The tiny scale at which these surgeons have to operate on these children (often newborn infants) is mind blowing. I loved learning about the patients and the histories of the patients, the doctors, and the profession. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page, my heart raced as I read about the operations on children.  Equally gripping were the scenes in which Dr. Musemeche describes her interactions with families of I'll children.  I recommend this book to folks in the medical field, to inventors, and to anyone who cares about children.