4 out of 4 stars
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The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles is an extraordinary story of the capricious fate of people, set in New Orleans.
Michael Boudreaux is a surgeon and chief of service. His colleague, one of the experienced surgeons, Clayton Otherson, made a mistake during the surgery that almost cost the patient's life. However, this is not the first mistake that this surgeon made. Colleagues from the operating room filed the incident report and wanted to label him as an impaired. The OR committee will have to decide the fate of Otherson. Michael, as the chair of that committee, is torn between the decision to limit the work of the problematic surgeon and the feeling that he should support the man who was his mentor and teacher. What he does not know at that moment is that his future will bring even more difficult decisions.
The author vividly described surgery procedures as well as the relationship among hospital specialists. It's not surprising because the writer is a retired ophthalmic trauma surgeon. Procedure details are not distressing, I must mention, if you do not like these types of descriptions. Descriptions are such that we get a clear picture of what is happening at the operating table without the need for prior medical knowledge. However, this is only a small part of this story.
The theme of the book, which has already been told so many times, would be one of many if there aren't so many layers with the very serious topics that distinguish this story from the others. One of these topics which frequently appear in the book, and again in several variants and with different effects, is the lack of parental understanding and support. On the other hand, we have a moral dilemma whether to stand aside someone who guided you in your career, although it is obvious that the consequences of this can be catastrophic or to do the right thing, and in that way betray someone who helped you be where you are. And whatever you decide, can you foresee all the consequences of your decision? Also, there are questions: how far the bruised ego can go in its selfishness? Seeing the past in a different way? Twisting the truth to fit the current view of life events? Furthermore, I would like to highlight the topic that the author described here concerning the increase in profits in medicine, regardless of whether it will harm the health of patients.
William H. Coles has written a novel that will pull you in with its coherent style and well-rounded characters. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
I recommend this book to everyone, unless you are not in the mood for serious topics or if you only like stories that help you get away from the problems of modern society. In that case, this is not a book for you.
The Surgeon's Wife
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