Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Author: Dr. Michael J. Collins

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429903074

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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When Michael Collins decides to become a surgeon, he is totally unprepared for the chaotic life of a resident at a major hospital. A natural overachiever, Collins' success, in college and medical school led to a surgical residency at one of the most respected medical centers in the world, the famed Mayo Clinic. But compared to his fellow residents Collins feels inadequate and unprepared. All too soon, the euphoria of beginning his career as an orthopedic resident gives way to the feeling he is a counterfeit, an imposter who has infiltrated a society of brilliant surgeons. This story of Collins' four-year surgical residency traces his rise from an eager but clueless first-year resident to accomplished Chief Resident in his final year. With unparalleled humor, he recounts the disparity between people's perceptions of a doctor's glamorous life and the real thing: a succession of run down cars that are towed to the junk yard, long weekends moonlighting at rural hospitals, a family that grows larger every year, and a laughable income. Collins' good nature helps him over some of the rough spots but cannot spare him the harsh reality of a doctor's life. Every day he is confronted with decisions that will change people's lives-or end them-forever. A young boy's leg is mangled by a tractor: risk the boy's life to save his leg, or amputate immediately? A woman diagnosed with bone cancer injures her hip: go through a painful hip operation even though she has only months to live? Like a jolt to the system, he is faced with the reality of suffering and death as he struggles to reconcile his idealism and aspiration to heal with the recognition of his own limitations and imperfections. Unflinching and deeply engaging, Hot Lights, Cold Steel is a humane and passionate reminder that doctors are people too. This is a gripping memoir, at times devastating, others triumphant, but always compulsively readable.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Author: D P Lyle

Publisher: Medallion Media Group

ISBN: 160542191X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Forensic criminalist Dub Walker is once again called upon when an old friend enlists his help in finding her 19-year-old daughter. When the bodies of two young women show up in a shallow grave, one of whom is the daughter, Dub is back to work and hard at it. Soon other bodies start turning up in similar graves, and each victim has undergone multiple, highly technical surgical procedures requiring extremely sophisticated equipment. Who would have access to such state-of-the-art instruments and the skill to perform the complex surgeries? The ensuing trail of terror and bodies that leads Dub to Talbert Biomedical—a surgical instrument manufacturing company operated by a business tycoon and a surgeon—is a horrifying breech of ethics and human decency. It's too gruesome to even contemplate what was done to the victims before they died. To catch a killer, Dub has to put himself in their place.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Author: D P

Publisher: Medallion Media Group

ISBN: 1605421804

Category: Pets

Page: 214

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Head held high, I walked out of the shelter with the dog others had deemed hopeless. Minutes later, I was banished from my own car by bared teeth and bristled fur, caught in the rain and dripping wet, foiled by the very creature whose cause I had just championed. Never in my life had I asked so many times, “What was I thinking?” When I rescued Buji, little did I know he would teach me some of life’s most valuable lessons—and all he had to do to get my attention was save my life. In Buji and Me, psychological therapist and animal behaviorist Wendy Kelly shares the principles of a dynamic, life-changing force that occurs when we allow our pets to become our teachers. If we are open and aware, they will guide us to being, well, better beings—present, honest, aware, focused, joyful, kind, and loving. Unleash the seven secrets of living the “pawsitive” life . . . starting today.

Summary of Michael J. Collins's Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Author: Milkyway Media

Publisher: Milkyway Media

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 57

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 We were introduced one by one. The chairman of the department, Dr. John Harding, gave a brief history of orthopedic surgery at Mayo, and said we were lucky to be starting in orthopedics now. We were going to spend four years here, two as junior residents and two as senior residents. #2 I was assigned to be the junior resident surgeon with Dr. Harding. I was scared of making mistakes, and I had a lot of catching up to do. The Saturday Morning Conference was mandatory for all residents. #3 I was a counterfeit orthopedic surgeon, and I felt completely miserable. I was so ignorant that I was afraid anyone would call on me and ask me complicated questions. I would have thrown myself on the floor and asked them to shoot me. #4 I was terrified that at any moment the beeper on my belt might go off and a frantic nurse would scream, Doctor, come quickly! Mr. Arnold’s TQF is transdebilifying on his acute dorsi! His TKA is UTO’d! For God’s sake, hurry! I spent the rest of the day reviewing charts.

Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs

Author: Dr. Michael J. Collins

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429923504

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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It looked for a while like Michael Collins would spend his life breaking concrete and throwing rocks for the Vittorio Scalese Construction Company. He liked the work and he liked the pay. But a chance remark by one of his coworkers made him realize that he wanted to involve himself in something bigger, something more meaningful than crushing rocks and drinking beer. In his acclaimed first memoir, Hot Lights, Cold Steel, Collins wrote passionately about his four-year surgical residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs turns back the clock, taking readers from his days as a construction worker to his entry into medical school, expertly infusing his journey to become a doctor with humanity, compassion and humor. From the first time he delivers a baby to being surrounded by death and pain on a daily basis, Collins compellingly writes about how medicine makes him confront, in a very deep and personal way, the nature of God and suffering—and how delicate life can be.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Author: D. P. Lyle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780578647234

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

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Forensic criminalist Dub Walker is asked to find a missing girl, but when her body shows up in a shallow grave he's faced with a hideous case. As other victims arise, in order to bring justice, Dub must walk a trail of terror leading him into the world of a psycho whose lack of human decency is too gruesome to contemplate.

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction

Author: Neal Wyatt

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 9780838909362

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 318

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With a focus on eight catagories including memoir, sports, and true crime, a readers' advisory guide includes coverage of the major authors and works, popularity, and style.

All Bleeding Stops

Author: Michael J Collins

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1525598406

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

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What does a doctor do when he thinks his best is not good enough? Matthew Barrett, thirty-one years old and fresh out of residency, is drafted and sent to Vietnam as a combat surgeon in 1967 at the heightof the Vietnam War. Compassionate and sensitive to a fault, he is determined to make a difference but quickly finds his idealism crushed by the pain, suffering, and indifference that surround him. Shamed by his inexperience and tormented by his failures, he slowly unravels. Only the love of Therese Hopkins, a nurse, keeps him from falling apart. But will their love survive the grinding horror of war? Matthew’s journey of redemption takes him from combat surgeon in Vietnam to transplant doctor in Ohio and, finally, to physician in a relief camp in Biafra, exploring how the caring and compassion that draws young people to pursue the healing arts can also sow the seeds of their own destruction, and how love may be the only thing that can finally make all bleeding stop.

Hot Coal, Cold Steel

Author: Stephen Crowley

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472107836

Category: History

Page: 277

View: 2023


Explores the different response of Soviet miners and steelworkers to the collapse of the Soviet Union.