The Real Grey’s Anatomy by Andrew Holtz


Do surgeons really talk about their love life while cutting open a human heart? Are they really talking about their one night stands while they are taking out someones appendix? All these questions will cross your mind before you read The Real Grey’s Anatomy- and yes, all of your questions will get answered- and more!

From a personal experience- I was shocked to notice that surgeons do indeed listen to music in the operating room. I guess it is a way to calm the surgeon down. I mean, I hope they don’t need to be repeating steps in their head the whole time. That would make me as a patient nervous! If you think about it, becoming a surgeon is like learning how to ride a bike, or drive a car. By doing the particular action- in this case, doing a surgery that you’ve probably done countless times before- you probably do not have to think about every little movement you are making. It will just come naturally. Just like driving- you are comfortable and know what you are doing, but at the same time you are cautious and keeping a close eye on what’s going on around you. Back to my personal experience- I was also shocked at the sense of humor the surgeon I was with had! I seen a hip replacement and the surgeon looked at me and said “Hmm.. I think I remember how to finish this.. I watched the youtube video last night!” I just laughed.

The Real Grey’s Anatomy has a well known medical journalist Andrew Holtz, MPH, examining a group of new surgical residents at a teaching hospital in the Pacific Northwest as they become surgeons- tackling long hours, fascinating procedures, and the ups and downs in the lives of a student of surgery.

This book will give you a clear outlook on what it takes to be a surgeon. It also shows you that becoming a surgeon is not exactly how television shows portray it to be. Believe it or not, at hospitals doctor to doctor love and sex relationships aren’t nearly all as common as they are on Grey’s Anatomy. Residents shacking up in the “On Call” room while in between patients/surgeries. In the book residents do admit that back before the 80 hr work week was put in place, doctors were pretty much living at the hospital- there was a lot more intimacy in the “On call” rooms then! Now a days, the “On Call” rooms are mostly used for doctors to call their families, and to finish up paper work in a quiet place.

In The Real Grey’s Anatomy, you read about everything you could possibly want to know about the life of an intern/resident/attending surgeons. There is heart break, laughing moments, shocked moments, and moments where you think to yourself “OMG.”- This book is a great read if you are interested in the medical field.

Lots of love, L&A


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