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The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, MD, who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. He reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career: telling a patient's husband that his wife has died during surgery; struggling to complete a 20-hour operation as mental and physical exhaustion inch closer and closer; and flying to retrieve a donor organ while the patient waits in the operating room. Within these more emotionally charged vignettes are quieter ones, too, like growing up in rural Ohio and being awakened late at night by footsteps in the hall as his father, also a surgeon, slipped out of the house to attend to a patient in the ER.
©2015 Byers Shaw, MD (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A bracing, unusual personal narrative that should appeal to aspiring physicians as well as to those considering the 'big questions' around high-risk surgery." (Kirkus)
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By Lynn L French on 08-10-16

Expect alot of bad language!

If you could sum up Last Night in the OR in three words, what would they be?

Very intense, Good!!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. You need a break to process it.

Any additional comments?

Very surprised at all the "f" words said!

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By PLCC on 03-04-16

Great surgeon story

Loved the content with mix of medical and personal but the language interspersed was highly offensive. Embarrassed to have anyone overhear and almost didn't finish the book.
Will ask for credit due to this since I don't want it in my library.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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