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Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs


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Michael J. Collins, M.D., served as the chief resident in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic and is now a successful orthopedic surgeon. He is the author of the acclaimed medical memoir Hot Lights, Cold Steel. He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois.


An orthopedic surgeon whose Mayo Clinic residency he recalled in Hot Lights, Cold Steel, Collins reaches further back to tell of his days as a Chicago construction worker and, later, medical student. For a few years after college, Collins enjoyed the physicality of constructing curbs and gutters and drinking beer with his pals. But Collins, the oldest of eight boys in a close-knit Irish Catholic family, felt a vague yearning for something more meaningful, which finally coalesced into the dream of becoming a doctor. The Notre Dame graduate went back to college for two years of pre-med courses and entered Loyola at the ripe old age of 26. The next few years were a reality check: the rote memorization in medical school, the petty tasks assigned to an on-call med student and the shock, in his last year of medical school, of finding his intern had committed suicide. Collins received a battlefield promotion to intern. He eventually found himself right at home with the "orthopods," who lack the pretension of the other surgical specialists. This is a perceptive, no-frills memoir of a surgeon who succeeded by dint of hard work and brains. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Collins's gritty memoir traces his journey from a grimy construction pit to the hallowed halls of medicine. An engaging read--and a valuable reminder that doctors come from all walks of life." --Sandeep Jauhar, author of Intern: A Doctor's Initiation "Collins has a poet's soul, whether describing the sunrise through a laborer's eyes or what it means to be human through a physician's. . . . Literary talent produces this fast-paced memoir filled with easy, unforced dialogue and authentic characters from all walks of life." --Booklist "Collins has a superb ear for dialogue, and his breezy style makes his world spring to life." --Kirkus Reviews "This is a perceptive, no-frills memoir of a surgeon who succeeded by dint of hard work and brains." --Publishers Weekly "Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs is a gripping, humane, humorous, and an enlightening read." --Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country, The Tennis Partner, and Cutting for Stone

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