Confessions of a Surgeon

Confessions of a Surgeon Summary

As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the O.R. and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. He explores the twenty-four-hour challenges that come from patients and their loved ones; the ethics of saving the lives of repugnant criminals; the hot-button issues of healthcare, lawsuits, and reimbursements; and the true cost of running a private practice. And he explains the influence of the "white coat code of silence" and why patients may never know what really transpires during surgery. Ultimately, Dr. Ruggieri lays bare an occupation that to most is as mysterious and unfamiliar as it is misunderstood. His account is passionate, illuminating, and often shocking-an eye-opening, never- before-seen look at real life, and death, in the O.R.

Book Reviews

Kay 7072

Behind the Mask5 star

This is a bare-bones frank account of a surgeon’s life on duty….worts and all. The physical toll on the doctor’s body and mind after perhaps an eighty hour week is immensely stressful and can impact the outcome of surgical success or unintentional mistakes. The surgeon lays it all out there with great pathos and accuracy.55

My Game Name is Kovee

Riveting!5 star

A glimpse into a world most of us can only imagine. A must read that will keep you glued to its pages.55


Fascinating read but...4 star

While this book is really useful as a peek into the future for the future OR staff, the author is too prone to long winded tangents. I found myself skipping pages and pages just to get back to the point. A good read for anyone who isn't annoyed by getting off topic repeatedly.45


Confessions of a surgeon5 star

excellent information really on target55

rsc md

Confessions of a Ssurgeon4 star

Excellent insight and spot-on in communicating the joys and frustrations of General Surgery. As a general surgeon, I have had each of these experiences and emotions (with the exception of throwing the EEA device...I have wanted to). It's nice to hear that I'm not alone. An important read for general surgeons, patients and also for anyone who knows (and especially for anyone who loves) a general surgeon.45

Jim Gioiosa

We are fragile3 star

Being reminded of our fragility would have been entertaining in my 20's. In my 40's it's actually a bit scary. This book also reminds us that we're not very complicated and the tools we (still) rely on are a best blunt. Regulations will eventually cause more deaths than it intends. Jim Gioiosa35

Medical book junkie

Confessions of a Surgeon4 star

In addition to interesting stories of his patients, the author explains clearly in detail some of the recent changes in the medical profession. Why your doctor might not take care of you in the hospital, but instead turn you over the care of a "hospitalist". Why your doctor might decide not to accept patients on Medicare. Why the increasing regulations meant to reduce surgical errors are also complicating medical procedures unnecessarily. Why there may not be enough surgeons in a few years. Very clearly explained and food for thought.45


Confessions of a Surgeon4 star

This book is an honest look at the life of a surgeon and how modern healthcare policy affects the role of surgeons in healthcare. Sometimes the author comes across as whiney and inflexible to the paradigm shifts occurring in twenty first century medicine. Sometimes the author pines for the "good old days" where he could haze newbie surgeons in the same manner he was hazed by his superiors. These shortcomings aside, the book should be ready every pre-med student as they "count the cost" of training for a career as physicians and surgeons.45

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