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Making The Cut by Dr. Mohamed Khadra

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To be a surgeon is to stand, without flinching, in the sea of human suffering and use ones 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 leukemiaridden child is driven to desperation 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 souldestroying 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.

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