Dancing in the Operating Room: Life and Love in the Trauma Unit by Bruce DavisPaperback: 224 pages
eBook Available: Yes
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1508490775
ISBN-13: 978-1508490777
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
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Would you believe that an Archbishop’s blessing could spell the difference between life and death? Or that a 150-year-old artillery shell could still deal death and destruction to those around it?

This book takes readers on a journey through a place that most people will only see on one of the worst days of their life. It’s a place where surgeons have brought people back from edge of death. Where they have talked to a woman, looked into her eyes as she asked for help, and watched the spark of life vanish from those eyes

Dancing in the Operating Room is a memoir, a collection of stories and essays about life, love, and faith in the world of trauma surgery. Some of the stories, like those above, are patient stories; some are uplifting, like the ex-con who steps up to save his sister from making the same mistakes that he did, or the 17 year old girl who fought through sixteen operations to save her leg, but lost in the end, only to find a renewed faith in her family and church. Some are observations of a current problem or a difficult phase of treatment or training. Some are downright depressing and talk about the personal cost of doing high-risk/low-reward surgery.

Written by a trauma surgeon with twenty-five years of experience in the high intensity world of acute care surgery, Dancing in the Operating Room is a series of short essays ranging in length from 250 to 2400 words, each written to illustrate a particular experience, a patient story, or to give an insight into the thought process of a surgeon. The situations range from the mundane, to the humorous, to the deadly serious. Only one thing is certain: every trauma shift is a new adventure.