In turn heartbreaking, irreverent, moving—and at times raucously humorous—one of the nation's leading pediatric researchers recounts his first years as a newly minted, stuggling, and insecure doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. A graduate of a state university medical school, Scott Rivkees was competing with elite students from some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Nervous and uncertain, he worked unholy hours with patients ranging from indigent street people to celebrity guests drawn to the reputation and care offered by Mass General.
Along the way he learned what medical school textbooks don't teach: how to deal with immense pressure, exhaustion, unruly patients, mysterious conditions, the joy of saving a life, and the wrenching suddenness of losing a patient, more often than not a young child. His resident education did not prevent him from losing his sense of irony and humor as he recounts bleary nights on the town, the allure of young nurses, substandard housing, and the value of pricking an inflated ego.
"Fast-paced memoir."—Wall Street Journal"Amusing medical stories as seen through the eyes of a new doctor."—Kirkus Review"Rivkees . . . documents his time at Mass General with wit, humor, and at times, sadness. Just two months out of medical school, Rivkees encountered his first meningitis case—an eight-week-old girl. It’s cases like this that make the book a worthwhile read because we get to see what happens inside one of the country’s top hospitals through the eyes of a green freshman."—Boston Magazine
"A new humorous — and at times serious — memoir . . . highlights what residency is truly like, and what the medical school textbooks don’t teach, like how to survive long weeks, sleepless nights and whirlwind days at the hospital."—University of Florida Health