Monday, April 18, 2016

The Real Doctor will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy

A Physician's First Year

Being a nurse, this book really intrigued me and it was very interesting. It told the ups and downs of a resident's first year on the job, the life-threatening situations he dealt with, his accidental needle stick from an HIV+ patient and his ensuing regimen of meds, the man who badly needed a new heart who got one at the end of the book, his first successful time running a code and so on and so on. He talked about the fatigue and the way medicine took over his mind and he saw people's skin conditions or their limp and hypothesized about how they got it.  I believe Matt really wanted to connect with his patients and I believe he did as best as he could. You could see his confidence building as the book went on and his first year as a resident came to a close.

Matt has a very interesting way of writing that held your attention and I read the book very quickly. However, I cannot recommend this book to anyone else and I am planning on pitching the book myself. This makes me very, very sad, but I cannot in good conscience hang on to it. Why you ask after I bragged it up as being very interesting? The book is full of the F word and I am not okay with that. That hindered my ability to fully enjoy the book because that word crept up frequently and very unnecessarily. The book would be an excellent read except for that. There are a few other unnecessary words, but I can deal with those, I cannot deal with the F word. Period.  So to that end, I will not give this book a very high ranking. And that makes me sad.

This book was given me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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