The read this time was:
The Real Doctor will See you
Now by Matt McCarthy
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books, all opinions are my own.
I like to read non-fiction from time to time, I have friends in med school, and the cover caught my attention with it’s minimal flair. All these reasons went into me picking up this book, also, I’m not a big fan of hospitals, so I kind of wanted to read more about them.
I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t too slow of a read, but it wasn’t very gripping either. It was interesting to read about Matt’s journey from an intern to a full fledged doctor and all the hardships, confusion, an learning experiences he went through. Reading this made me realize that I would never be able to be a doctor, I don’t have that kind of ability to sacrifice sleep and I don’t think I’d be able to handle someone dying in front of me or anything like that. (sdaop;; – that was typed by Yuki, who just walked across my laptop) Anyway, back to the review….
There is a fine line that he struggles between through the book and that is how emotionally involved to get with patients. He has to be nice and caring, but if he cares too much it can easily cause it’s own set of problems. There is also a vast a mount of knowledge that he has to learn in order to teach his own intern in his second year, which is doesn’t feel that he will ever be prepared to do. Near the middle of the book he goes through a struggle that nearly breaks him, and makes his superiors watch him closely, since so many interns in his year have already quit the program.
There are a lot of different patients that you get to meet through the book and a lot of different doctors as well. Everyone is different and each person has their own set of struggles. My favorite character was probably Benny, a man who is in need of a heart transplant. I think he has the most effect on Matt during his growth into a doctor.
It makes me wonder about what other medical school stories would be like. I’m sure everyone had a slightly different experience. I think life lessons and experiences like this are interesting to read about.