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The public's fascination with emergency rooms, as evidenced by the popularity of the television show "ER," is attributable to the fact that ER's are home to a variety of dramatic and unusual events. However, the stories in this book make the television program seem as bland as Styrofoam. Written by an emergency room physician with contributions from his colleagues, this book presents some of the most unique emergency room stories ever told. Readers will be captivated by a collection of incredible, tragic, humorous, poignant, uplifting, thought-provoking, and bizarre tales. It's been said that truth is stranger than fiction. This is particularly true in emergency rooms, where the endless parade of strange events can leave even seasoned ER doctors shocked in disbelief. This is a book that you won't be able to put down.
These stories focus upon the unusual aspects of each particular case, and rarely delve into the specifics of medical or surgical treatment. The intriguing nature of these cases lies not in catheter sizes and other bits of medical minutiae, but rather in the unique interplay between the ER staff, the patient, and heaven knows who or what else.
Curiously, books of this genre which concentrate upon nothing but emergencies fail to accurately convey the spirit and pulse of real emergency rooms. That's because ER patients often have no problem which can be construed to be an emergency. While they may have no pressing medical problems, they often present with interesting cases. In fact, there is often an inverse correlation between the seriousness of a case and its uniqueness. In my opinion, it is that latter element which provides the fodder for some highly captivating stories.
If you’re looking for entertainment, you won’t be disappointed. However, there is more than simple amusement in these pages. You will meet healthcare personnel whose thirst for revenge is chilling. You will read about people who look for love in the ER—of all places! You will hold your breath as I tiptoe through a case in which the patient was at risk of being murdered—by her father. You will meet a beautiful teenager who tried killing herself after having an affair with her psychiatrist. You will watch me fight to keep a patient from endangering the lives of dozens of hospital visitors. You will encounter people with very unusual habits. You will hear about a child who was shot in the head with a bullet, but didn’t know it. You will find out if I can resist the temptation of a gorgeous woman who offered me her body in exchange for a prescription for narcotics. You will witness a shocking end to a friendship. You will read about how an uppity nurse refused to ease the suffering of a dying man. You will understand how a homeless man gave me an unexpected insight into why some homeless people are homeless. You will observe a patient eat a sandwich that was soaked with the blood of his mother. You will discover how a man used a gun to seek revenge against a pit bull that had savagely mauled his young daughter. You will see your tax dollars and insurance premiums go up in smoke as the price of maintaining the status quo, and you’ll understand why the shenanigans of lawyers are more than an economic drain. You will discover why ER docs have the highest burnout rate of any medical specialty, and you’ll begin to see the Hollywood depictions of the ER for just what they are—fiction. These stories, and several dozen more, are in Believe It or Not! TRUE Emergency Room Stories.
One of my goals in writing this book was to give you an idea of what it is like to be a real ER doctor in a real ER. To achieve this end, I have sometimes appended my opinions to the stories. As you will see, my views have been influenced by repeated exposure to events which are outrageous, maddening, and just plain wacky. But that's the reality of a real ER; to ignore it is to miss an integral aspect of its quintessence. This book is a window into another world—the world of emergency medicine. Entering this strange world will undoubtedly leave an indelible impression upon you, as it has me.
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After graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine second in a class of 256, Dr. Pezzi pursued advanced training in emergency medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition, physics, and engineering. He was one of the few people in the country to be elected to Alpha Omega Alpha after the second year of medical school. Dr. Pezzi is currently practicing medicine and is also an inventor, with over 400 inventions to date. Being naturally shy, he has sweated his way through dozens of television, radio, and newspaper interviews--and he's now so acclimated to the trauma that his conditioned fear responses are almost gone. He has developed a new technique of fractional multiplication, in spite of his lifelong aversion to math. He has beaten Bill Gates, an acknowledged math and computer genius who is Chairman of Microsoft, Inc. and the richest man in the world, on a test of mathematical ability and logic. Dr. Pezzi is also the innovator of several medical procedures. His brother has called him "the absent-minded Professor," a characterization that is not without merit. For example, while a college student at Michigan State University, he once went into the wrong room to take a final exam. Even though he was not enrolled in the class, he scored 147 out of 150, easily the highest score achieved by any of the hundreds of students taking the test. As a sophomore in college, he decided that his future was in the CIA, not medicine, so he skipped most of organic chemistry. Three days before the final, he changed his mind, crammed, and received a 4.0 for the course. In spite of seriously misjudging the optimal strategy for taking the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT), he scored astronomically. A government official once claimed that Dr. Pezzi achieved the highest score ever attained on an IQ test administered nationwide, although Pezzi dismisses this as disingenuous pandering.
He enjoys snowmobiling, riding his Sea-Doo, inventing, thinking, shopping, baking, dating, bicycling, exercising, watching movies, traveling, working in his shop, shooting, being outdoors, reading, and of course writing.Review:
"I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Pezzi's book. While there are a great number of amusing stories, I find that how you tell the tale is a quintessential part of any successful story--Dr. Pezzi knows how to write!" -- Sven Inda University of Nevada School of Medicine, Class of 2003
"Truly a great book. It's one of the most fascinating books I've read." -- Ron Lancaster, Radio Host, WDIS, Norfolk, MA
As a former ER worker it was not only true to life, but very, very interesting. Good job. -- Carol Graham, Butte, MT
Couldn't put the book down. Kevin made me feel like he was talking to me one on one! Good book. -- Mary T. Rosch, Loudonville, NY
Excellent book! Fast pace, never boring. Your writing style packs a punch... -- Susan Townsend, Green Valley, CA
The book is GREAT! I work at a level 1 trauma center in the ER. A lot of your stories hit home. -- Vic McAdams, Daytona Beach, FL
Your ER stories put Michael Crichton (creator of the TV show "ER") to shame. You recount your stories quite vividly. -- Reader, Greenbelt, MD
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Book Description Transcope Corp, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0965560627
Book Description Transcope Corp, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110965560627