4 out of 4 stars
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Mike Boudreaux was the Chief of surgeons in the third largest hospital in the country. He worked with his teacher, mentor and fellow surgeon - Clayton Otherson. Dr.Clayton was a wealthy, highly accomplished surgeon, who specialised in bariatric surgeries using laparoscope. He had a beautiful wife, Catherine - a skilled florist and a trophy wife. One day, a bariatric surgery Clayton was conducting goes wrong, and he is labelled 'impaired'. Turning to Mike for help, he realises not everyone you help to climb up, will be willing to hold your hand when you go down. The events that follow shake Clayton's family to the core, as betrayal takes over trust and ends up in a mega tragedy.
William H. Cole tells a contemporary fiction story in his book, The Surgeon's Wife. The setting of the story is in New Orleans. The story is narrated from the third person's point of view. The story flows smoothly and has twists that kept me glued to the book, till the end.
I loved the story because it was centered around medical stuff, yet was very engaging and interesting even to non medics. The author describes events (including medical procedures) in intricate details. This gave the plot depth. The characters were well fleshed out and related well. Their actions served well to propel and develop the plot, giving it an impeccable continuity. The language used was simple but with a tinge of medical jargon and terminologies. The story had long conversations that developed the characters.
I appreciate how the author shed light on contemporary issues. One of them was obesity. There are a number of facets to it, but the major one was use of bariatric surgery to help obese people shed weight. The technique helped the morbidly obese who would not do dieting, drugs or therapy to shed their weight. The author gives a brief description of the interesting procedure: "...details of the lap band surgery, which restricted the volume of the stomach, and gastric bypass surgery, the Roux - en - Y procedure that reconnects parts of the digestive tract to bypass most of the stomach and prevent absorption. Procedure could be done through a small tube , the laparascope or through ann open - and much wider - incision in the abdominal wall". In the story there are statistics that showed the surgery was not as effective, because the patients still added weight after the surgery. Another issue was impairment of medical practitioners. This is a scary subject as patients put their lives in the doctors' hands. Infidelity was a theme that stood out in the story. The author shows how it can affect a family shaking its very foundations. He also depicts how betrayal can cause immense suffering.
I admired the story of one of the characters. Being from a humble background (a single parent family, whose mother worked as a fortune teller in the streets), he studied his way out of poverty to be a respected surgeon in New Orleans. This was my biggest takeaway from the book - how education can remove one from obscure poverty to place them in high society. What I did not like about the story, was how the women in the story were depicted. In that, more than one woman had been positioned in a marriage for social acceptance and advancement. All that being said I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. The book was professionally edited. There were a couple of mistakes but that did not deter me from enjoying the book.
The Surgeon's Wife
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