Hot Lights, Cold Steel

  • by Michael J. Collins MD
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Michael Collins decided to become a surgeon, he was 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 felt inadequate and unprepared. All too soon the euphoria of beginning his career as an orthopedic resident gave way to the feeling he was a counterfeit, an imposter who had 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 junkyard, long weekends moonlighting at rural hospitals, a family that grows larger every year, and a laughable income.


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great for a medical mind

It is a great book for a medical mind. There were many large medical words that intrigued me and the story is very personal to anyone worried about medical school, in their training, or reflecting on the past.
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- Heather

Down-to-Earth and smart as hell

One of the funniest medical books I have ever read. This surgeon will leave you feeling hope in the medical field again - a field that is full of intelligence, humanity, and real compassion. Dr. Collins has integrity and it shows through his stories and writing.
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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio