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The story begins after early retirement from one of the busiest group practices in Phoenix, Arizona, and a move to the beautiful high alpine ski town of Telluride, Colorado, after an ultimatum from my wife. From there the story continues to the depths of Africa to explore women's health care in a small country with some of the worst obstetrical and neonatal outcomes in the world. Timely topics subsequently discussed include office life, operating room experiences, the medical malpractice crisis, abortion, the family life of an obstetrician, labor and delivery, nightlife, the business of medicine, Obamacare, managed care, and life after private practice. Each chapter is punctuated with true, unfiltered vignettes, laughable, joyful, fearful, and tearful, that can only be found in the life of an ob-gyn physician as he goes throughout his day.
I am an actively licensed, American Board-certified obstetrician gynecologist. A graduate of Princeton University, I was trained at two of the top medical institutions in Philadelphia, after which my wife and I picked up our East Coast roots and moved to begin anew in the desert of Arizona. After 21 years of private practice, involved in all aspects of practice management and women's health care and research, I chose to leave it all behind and begin a second career.
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By Amazon Customer on 02-22-18
Loved this book!
What a delightful book about the years of becoming a new OB/GYN. First on the East Coast, then Arizona, then the mountains of Colorado in my backyard. The narrator was spot on with his narrating and how he interpreted parts of the book and how it should be read. The book itself was a complete joy to read. I felt good knowing Dr. Houck had been out in the world delivering babies because he really did sound like a great doctor. i prefer to see midwives but he sounded like a doctor I would see. A solid thinking man and doctor who was committed to his chosen profession. I would love to meet him someday.
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