Summary: Dr Cole shares the highs and lows of being a trauma surgeon with the military and later at a civilian hospital.
My rating: 4/5
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Trauma is a book worth reading for anyone who loves medicine and the doctor’s who practice it. I work in the medical field though my duties are primarily clerical. Still, I love reading about doctors and the duties they perform.
Dr. Cole had some really interesting patients including a woman injured during a black Friday sale when a car mirror struck her in the head.
Dr. Cole looks at the complexity of trauma surgery including the difficulties family member sometimes have accepting that their loved one is not likely to improve.
It was interesting that Dr. Cole started his medical journey in the military although I personally did not care for those chapters as much. He was very much in a stitch them up and ship them out mode and unable to really get to know those patients or their families. Still, the chapters were a valuable insight into Dr. Cole.
My primary complaint about this book is that at times it was a bit too technical and easy to get lost in if you don’t have a clinical medical background. There are also some pictures included in the book that may end up being too graphic for very sensitive readers.
I think this book is perfect for people with some medical background (understanding of terminology and anatomy) and an interest in emergency surgery.