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Making the Cut :  A Surgeon's Stories of Life on The Edge - Mohamed Khadra

Making the Cut

A Surgeon's Stories of Life on The Edge


Published: February 2009
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To be a surgeon is to stand, without flinching, in the sea of human suffering and use one's entire resource of knowledge, skill and intelligence to battle it. An intern makes his first cut and is ridiculed by his tutor. An old woman is brought back to life against her will, only for the unexpected to strike a week later. A notorious surgeon is driven crazy by a massive brain tumour. The mother of a leukemia-ridden child is driven to desperation a In this compelling and beautifully written impressionistic memoir, Mohamed Khadra recounts stories from his life as a surgeon, from the gruelling years of training to the debilitating sleepless nights on call. He looks back at the doctors and patients who shaped his career; at the endless stream of humanity - courageous, pitiful, admirable and dislikable - who passed under his knife, as he recalls shocking tales of mistakes in theatre and the shattered lives of doctors defeated by the stresses of the job. Documenting the damaging politics in our healthcare system, the soul-destroying choices made for patients and the misplaced hope so common in the face of death, his dramatic account of a surgical life shows what happens when extraordinary events overtake everyday lives - including, even, his own.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Author's Notep. xiii
The First Cutp. 3
Mrs Jonesp. 17
At Mortality's Edgep. 29
The Power to Hurtp. 39
To Sleepp. 53
Lucyp. 67
A Punitive Godp. 77
The Avoidance Gamep. 89
Stabat Materp. 97
Justice Connollyp. 107
Working Holidayp. 115
A Successful Clonep. 125
Ode on Solitudep. 135
Into the Sunsetp. 149
Shemp. 157
Mrs Tobiasp. 167
Opiatedp. 175
To My Wifep. 185
Juliap. 197
My Motherp. 205
The Sick Rosep. 217
Father Santinop. 227
Ulyssesp. 237
O Captain! My Captain!p. 251
Malpracticep. 261
Passing the Torchp. 271
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ISBN: 9781741668445
ISBN-10: 1741668441
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: February 2009
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 2