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Read about Dr. Jim Smythe fourteen years before the novel, Surgical Heights, in the prequel, A Surgical Plight. In his chief residency year, Jim is preparing to set out into the world as a full-fledged surgeon. Soon after he assesses an emergency patient, an unexpected turn rocks his sense of confidence. As the year progresses, his final preparation as a surgeon soars, while his troubled state over the difficult case stands to upend the completion of his final training year. With final oral exams in his sights, Jim struggles to overcome his shattered confidence before it s too late. A Surgical Plight describes the challenges and excitement of a general surgery resident in the final year of training, mired in the consequences of a case gone bad.
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Paul E. Hardy was born in Toronto. He lives with his wife and two children in western Canada where he works as a general surgeon. A Surgical Plight is his second novel.Review:
Loved it - should be mandatory reading for all residents - it flows so easily I couldn't stop until I finished. It is really remarkable what you've done. --Dr. Ralph George, MD, FRCSC President, Canadian Association of General Surgeons
Paul Hardy has done it again: a glimpse into a doctor's life for non-medical readers. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny I enjoyed it all. --Joanne Glen, RN President, Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
Hardy's insightful development of the main characters, hospital life in general, and his detailed presentation of a wide variety of clinical cases, attest to his broad clinical acumen. --Dr. John G. Moffat, MD, MSc, FRCSC General Surgeon
From General Surgery Matters, Winter 2013:
Dr. Paul Hardy has done something really special with his second novel. Reintroducing us to our favourite fictional surgeon Dr. Jim Smythe, this time taking us to a younger Smythe, sitting at this kitchen table pondering the letter he is about to open. The letter that will contain the reply to his application for surgical residency. Seasoned practitioners will recognize the classic disease presentations that unfold as the story is told, and new trainees may even learn the answers to some favourite Royal College exam questions. The non-medical readers will enjoy the story and enjoy the window into medical practice and surgical training in particular. Like his first novel "Surgical Heights" Hardy weaves a realistic take on the practice of medicine (and acute surgery in particular) in and out of the story he tells. True to form Hardy once again carries us along to a suspenseful climax, and manages to throw in a twist at the end that I never saw coming. All essentials of a great read and fine novel. Everyone will enjoy this story. Surgeons will inevitably find themselves matching their wits and acumen with the protagonists in the tough cases that come along. Hardy has given us two Jim Smythe novels. I hope he has the inclination and time to make this series a trilogy. Great read, exciting medicine, compelling story. Just what the doctor ordered. Note of caution though - I started this book on a Friday evening and couldn't put it down until I read the whole thing. - Ralph George
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Book Description First Choice Books, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M177084239X