The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year by Matt McCarthy

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On his first night on call in Columbia University Medical Center’s cardiac care unit, physician Matt McCarthy inadvertently almost killed his first patient, a college professor who had collapsed during a class. From that night on, McCarthy discovered quickly that all that he had learned in medical school was not nearly sufficient to prepare himself for real-world medical challenges that included helping the homeless, making lightning-quick decisions regarding cardiac arrest patients that would result in the patient’s death if an incorrect decision was made, and dealing with his own brush with a potentially fatal illness. McCarthy recounts these incidents and many more in his new book The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year, a candid look at the intense pressures contemporary physicians face, from the physical (working 30-hour shifts with minimal breaks) to the mental (memorizing endless medical treatments and being able to determine, often under pressure, the most effective treatment for each patient) to the psychological (dealing with a patient’s death and delivering the news to family members). The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly will make its readers appreciate all that their own doctors have had to experience to get where they are.