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Operating Room Confidential

What Really Goes On When You Go Under

by Paul Whang

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health care issues, ethics
list price: $18.95
also available: eBook
category: Medical
published: 2010
publisher: ECW Press

Written by an anesthesiologist, this insider’s account takes the reader on a journey that unveils the way hospitals work and offers important information about surgeries and the surgeons that perform them. Personal stories combine with staff experiences to reveal hidden truths about the operating room and illustrate the quirky, strange, and bizarre occurrences that shape a regular hospital day. Answering questions such as What do doctors talk about during surgery” If a surgical instrument falls to the floor, is the five-second rule observed” and Is real life just like ER, Grey’s Anatomy, and House?, this is a must-read for the curiosity seeker and anyone who has or will be on the operating-room table.

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Contributor notes

Paul Whang, MD, is an anesthesiologist and a hospital consultant. A graduate of the University of Toronto, where he won the Thomas-Kendrick Gold Medal in pharmacology, and of the McMaster Medical School, he has been in practice for more than 15 years. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

"Fact-filled, poignant, and funny."  “Booklist Online

"Eye-opening and full of personality."  “Scene Magazine

"Highly informative and honest, Dr Paul Whang weaves his narrative together to create an extremely witty, sometimes controversial, concoction. Upon opening this book, you will draw back the curtain, and enter the operating theatre."  “Dr. Jerome Edelstein, Toronto plastic surgeon

"Gives us an insider's view of the operating room. The reader enters a fascinating realm of fears, foibles, and the truths of human nature. This is honest writing from a doctor who observes carefully and shares what he sees from behind the surgical mask."  “Dr. Vincent Lam, author, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

"If you enjoy workplace anecdotes, you'll enjoy Operating Room Confidential...It contains roughly equal measures of anecdotes and advice, a 21st century turn on the spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down."  ?Waterloo Region Record

"The operating room is the most mysterious and intimidating of inner sanctums and the creatures who operate in it seem equally mysterious. Paul Whang humanizes and illuminates that fearsome space with candour, humour and a generosity of spirit that gives readers the sense that should they ever find themselves on the table, the experience will work out well."  “Robin Roger, managing editor, Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities

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