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READ PDF Í This Won't Hurt a Bit: (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood Ù Michelle Au started medical school armed only with a surfeit of idealism, a handful of old ER episodes for reference, and some vague notion about helping people This Won t Hurt a Bit is the story of how she grew up and became a real doctor It s a no holds barred account of what a modern medical education feels like, from the grim to the ridiculous, from the heartwarming to the obscene Unlike most medical memoirs, however, this one details the author s struggles to maintain a life outside of the hospital, in the small amount of free time she had to live it And, after she and her husband have a baby early in both their medical residencies, Au explores the demands of being a parent with those of a physician, two all consuming jobs in which the lives of others are very literally in her hands Au s stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking and hit every note in between, proving than anything that the creation of a new doctor and a new parent is far messier, far uncertain, and far gratifying than one could ever expect A solid 3.5 stars Some parts poignant and well written, some parts a bit hackneyed. Even better than your favorite episodes of ER or Grey s Anatomy, THIS WON T HURT A BIT packs in all the elements of a truly great read I laughed, I cried, I cringed and cheered, I learned a lot, and when I finished, I was preoccupied with a sense of awe from the experience for days In fact, I wish I knew Michelle Au personally so I could call her and say, Tell meLisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected I am a huge Michelle Au blog fan, have been reading her since she was in medical school, so I couldn t wait to grab her book The good this is a very clear layout of medical training Excellent for families of medical students who can t quite understand, no matter how many times it is explained, what exactly a resident is Also, Au is quite brave in talking about the truth of doctor motivation that we are not machines, we also have other concerns in life, and that medicine is not everything I am a huge Michelle Au blog fan, have been reading her since she was in medical school, so I couldn t wait to grab her book The good this is a very clear layout of medical training Excellent for families of medical students who can t quite understand, no matter how many times it is explained, what exactly a resident is Also, Au is quite brave in talking about the truth of doctor motivation that we are not machines, we also have other concerns in life, and that medicine is not everything This is such a taboo statement in medicine she is amazing for admitting this in print, going against the grain of a brutal medical culture.The bad Where are Michelle s cartoons Part of how she got famous was by drawing very funny cartoons about the medical education experience The publisher didn t even use them as chapter headings Really This plays over into a deeper problem, which looks to me like over editing in an attempt to make a clear, linear, coherent narrative In this editing, a lot of Michelle got edited out Her blog is so great because of the eclecticism of topics, her wry and biting humor, and her snippets of life dialogue with patients, bosses, her husband, her kids None of that was present in the book That doesn t make a it bad book, just a very different book than her usual writing Herspontaneous writing is muchlively, quirky, and fun This book is rather expository It s an excellent explanation of the doctor training process, but Michelle s voice is somewhat lost, and that s the best thing about her Where d she go I d recommend the book, and wish Michelle all the success in the world, and may push it on family members so they can quit asking me what an intern resident fellow is, but to get aidiosyncratic rather than generic house officer tale , check out her blog I think they over polished her work, or made her do it, and I think a lot of her liveliness, sense of humor, and earthiness was unfortunately lost I ve been reading Michelle Au s blog for the past several years before she went into Anesthesia, before she had her first child I remember first coming across her blog through her scutmonkey comics I imagine this is the way most medical students start reading her blog Her irreverent commentary about the absurdities of medical school clerkships made me laugh out in quiet libraries, where I was supposed to be memorizing pharmacology or something When she announced on her blog that she had wr I ve been reading Michelle Au s blog for the past several years before she went into Anesthesia, before she had her first child I remember first coming across her blog through her scutmonkey comics I imagine this is the way most medical students start reading her blog Her irreverent commentary about the absurdities of medical school clerkships made me laugh out in quiet libraries, where I was supposed to be memorizing pharmacology or something When she announced on her blog that she had written a book, I knew I would eventually read it though I didn t imagine myself running out to buy it I did finally pick it up yesterday Essentially the book outlines her journey through medicine Long time readers of her blog will find many of the stories in her book very familiar To be honest, I was a little disappointed by the lack of new stories It s written in a somewhat choppy style, some parts vignettes of her clinical experience, others dialogue of something funny or silly It s very much in the style of her blog Though some of the new stories feel a bit like filler, others are engaging Though she s probably most known for her acerbic sense of humor, she s also surprisingly good with sentiment Stories that particularly stand out are her experiences during 9 11, and her summation of the journey of a tentative medical student to a confident attending.A good book, though I wouldn t call it a modern day House of God