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The Lady Whose Mouth I Set on Fire . . . True Tales From the ER


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A mostly humorous, sometimes horrifying slideshow of one ED doc's anecdotes. Absolute must read for med-story-junkies. Don't skip the intro.

Let me start by saying that I'm a sucker for a good med story. I probably went to medical school entirely because I wanted to be Hawkeye, Alan Alda's character in M*A*S*H. I might have missed some of my actual residency because ER reruns were on in the resident lounge... I'm not sure.

That having been said, the only fault I found in Dr. McAnonymous' book was that I think it should probably have been put in "Humor," but meh, there's enough tragedy in there to warrant the non-humor genre.

All of that having been said, about the book. Being a good physician makes you neither a good empathist (thus, there are surgeons and anesthesiologists, pathologists and radiologists, etc.) nor a good teacher (woe to medical students worldwide that this is true). Neither does it make you a good writer. And being a good writer does not make you a good humor writer, which takes exceptional talent. It's very hard to make people laugh in writing.

Fortunately for all of us, Dr. McAnonymous has skill and more to spare. Granted, it's medical humor, and not everyone will appreciate it, but if you have that special odd something, you'll love this. Here's a test: Did you find the title, "The Lady Whose Mouth I Set On Fire" amusing? I did. I had to read this book. If you smiled - or better, chuckled or laughed - at the title, you must read this book. If not, then the book probably isn't for you.

Typically, I put in a blurb from the book, but I hate to give anything away. I will reinforce that you really should read the introduction, because Dr. McAnon seems to want everyone to do that (also, there's some important stuff in there), so I'll put my blurb in from the intro:

"None of the names in this book are real. I, Dr. McAnonymous, have changed them all, including my own. It may surprise you to learn that Dr. McAnonymous is not my real name. If you thought it was, this book may not be for you."

Beyond the sheer entertainment value, I wasn't aware of the writing itself - always a good sign. I read it in two sittings. The flow was good, the grammar and editing were great... All in all a great read, and I very much hope for a sequel.

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Veteran ER Physician who has seen and done that which should be recorded and repeated. I have spent 30 years in the ER and surely I have learned something from the humor, the horror, the humanity. I probably have looked hardest for the humor view profile

Published on February 01, 2021

60000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry

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