In the past two weeks I’ve had the great pleasure of sharing the in the emotional journey of Dr. Anthony Youn as he progressed from a young child to a mature plastic surgeon. I’m talking about his new book In Stitches slated to come out on April 26th (pre-order it here). I can easily after reading most medical memoirs, biographies, and stories, this one has to rank very near the top. Dr. Youn does a phenomenal job taking the reader through a roller coaster of emotions as he progresses on his path to becoming a physician.
Here at PMH we have read most of the “must-read” medical books, there are the standards such as House of God, and the Gawande books, and then there are those that are less well known. In Stitches falls wholly in the second category, mainly due to the fact it hasn’t been released yet, but I feel that it has the potential be great.
As I read through my advance copy, I could feel my emotions changing with those of Dr. Youn, happiness, sorrow, and rejection. Dr. Youn and his co-author Alan Eisenstock do a phenomenal job creating an amazing blend of laughter, pain, and compassion.
What is unique about this memoir as opposed to the countless other’s I’ve had the privilege of reading is when it begins. We start by meeting a young Tony, struggling to find his identity. Split between the western culture he tries so hard to fit into, and the traditional eastern culture of his Korean parents. As a reader you can’t help but feel drawn into the story, and follow young Tony in his quest for meaning, girls, and eventually love.
My favorite part of this book was the amazing blend of serious content and humor, at times I was quite literally “In Stitches” from laughter, reading about how reading Cosmo improves your chances with the ladies, to hearing about the various traditional idiosyncrasies of his parents. Being of a very similar immigrant background as Dr. Youn I was able to really connect with the novel at a level that I’ve almost never experienced.
I would highly recommend this book to our readers; it is one of the finest new books I have read. Join Dr. Youn in his development as a physician and learn about the sacrifices it took. I think “In Stitches” offers a realistic perspective of the medical journey coupled with some great humor. Another benefit of pre-ordering the book is that you will have the chance to win an iPad [details].
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