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Last Night in the OR Audiobook

Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey

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Publisher's Summary

The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, MD, who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. He reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career: telling a patient's husband that his wife has died during surgery; struggling to complete a 20-hour operation as mental and physical exhaustion inch closer and closer; and flying to retrieve a donor organ while the patient waits in the operating room. Within these more emotionally charged vignettes are quieter ones, too, like growing up in rural Ohio and being awakened late at night by footsteps in the hall as his father, also a surgeon, slipped out of the house to attend to a patient in the ER.

©2015 Byers Shaw, MD (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A bracing, unusual personal narrative that should appeal to aspiring physicians as well as to those considering the 'big questions' around high-risk surgery." (Kirkus)

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    PLCC 03-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great surgeon story"

    Loved the content with mix of medical and personal but the language interspersed was highly offensive. Embarrassed to have anyone overhear and almost didn't finish the book.
    Will ask for credit due to this since I don't want it in my library.

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    Lynn L French 08-10-16
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    "Expect alot of bad language!"
    If you could sum up Last Night in the OR in three words, what would they be?

    Very intense, Good!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. You need a break to process it.


    Any additional comments?

    Very surprised at all the "f" words said!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 11-21-15
    Diana 11-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this unbelievably honest life story"

    loved it, amazing life story, very well written, very honest, highly recommend it to everyone

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    Jessica 09-15-16
    Jessica 09-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Transplant"

    As a transplant professional I thought the parts of the book about the beginning of transplantation were fascinating. However the book was very disjointed and jumped from topic to topic so it was challenging to follow his life story.

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    Shane 08-19-16
    Shane 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "entertaining, hilarious, nostalgic"

    great story of the "old days of surgery." hilarious esp if you're in the medical field

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    Kurtis G 02-14-16
    Kurtis G 02-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic listen"

    Dr. Shaw gives a blunt look at his life, his struggles, successes, heartbreak, and happiness. If you're interested in medicine and entertaining the idea of being a surgeon, I would highly recommend reading/listening to this book.

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