Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs

Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs

The Making of A Surgeon

Book - 2009
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Traces the author's journey from his employment as a construction worker to his entry into medical school, an effort that was marked by such experiences as a co-worker's life-changing comment, his first delivery of a baby, and his first patient losses.

McMillan Palgrave
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.



Baker
& Taylor

The author of Hot Lights, Cold Steel traces his journey from his employment as a construction worker to his entry into medical school, an effort that was marked by such experiences as a co-worker's life-changing comment, his first delivery of a baby, and his first patient losses.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312532932
0312532938
Characteristics: 291 p.

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Dec 21, 2015

I liked this autobiography. A lot of memoirs leave out a lot of information I think because people want to present their own lives in a certain light, but this book made me feel like the author was not leaving out a lot about himself. This is a very realistic memoir.

jzelna Apr 02, 2012

Excellent and captivating portrayal of what it takes to become a Doctor. I have a greater respect for MD's after reading this book.

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