Trauma: My Life as an Emergency Surgeon (Paperback)
In this pulse-pounding medical memoir, trauma surgeon James Cole takes readers straight into the ER, where anything can and does happen
TRAUMA is Dr. Cole's harrowing account of his life spent in the ER and on the battlegrounds, fighting to save lives. In addition to his gripping stories of treating victims of gunshot wounds, stabbings, attempted suicides, flesh-eating bacteria, car crashes, industrial accidents, murder, and war, the book also covers the years during Cole's residency training when he was faced with 120-hour work weeks, excessive sleep deprivation, and the pressures of having to manage people dying of traumatic injury, often with little support.
Unlike the authors of other medical memoirs, Cole trained to be a surgeon in the military and served as a physician member of a Marine Corps reconnaissance unit, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and on a Navy Reserve SEAL team. From treating war casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq to his experiences as a civilian trauma surgeon treating alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, and the mentally deranged, TRAUMA is an intense look at one man's commitment to his country and to those most desperately in need of aid.
“An engrossing ... story of the author's evolution from a newly minted MD to an expert trauma surgeon.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Cole presents an extraordinary chronicle of memorable cases--some heartbreaking, some seemingly miraculous--as he details his grueling training to become a surgeon, one who appears never to forget his humanity and humility.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fast-paced, realistic and bursting with detail, Trauma is a fascinating look into the frenzied life of a trauma surgeon. It takes us on a journey into the grisly heart of medicine, infusing that journey with compassion and insight.” —Dr. Michael Collins, author of HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL and BLUE COLLAR, BLUE SCRUBS