4 out of 4 stars
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The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is a work of fiction telling the story of Clayton Otherson, a professor of surgery, and Mike Boudreaux, a senior surgeon and former student of Clayton. Clayton Otherson, known for his innovations in surgery and his many successes in the operating room, has begun to make rather fatal mistakes in the theatre, and Boudreaux must make a decision as chair of the operating room committee, to take his senior partner of 12 years out of the operating room, reduce his priviledges or convince him to step down from operating.
The 182-paged book is divided to three parts. The first part focuses on the embattled Clayton Otherson’s failing surgical career and Mike’s relationship and break up with his girlfriend, Rosie. The second part brings the twist of Helen Rappaport, her struggles with societal adjustments and drug abuse, her eventual rehabilitation and her suicide following complications of a weight loss surgery performed by Otherson, also the downward spiral of Clayton’s marriage and career as well as Mike’s affair with his wife. The third and last part brings the story to an interesting end. You’d have to read the book to find out what that is (**winks**)
What I like most about William Coles’ novel are his characters. They were neither extraordinary sinister or angelically good. Think for example, the altruìstic, hardworking Mike Boudreaux having an affair with Clayton’s wife. Each of their decisions could be at least understood even if not logically acceptable. I also liked the shortness of the book. William Coles did get the length of his book just right. I have read books that were several pages longer that the story warrants, given them a stretched out and lack lustre feel.
What I dislike most about the book is the unnecessary use of cursive and abusive words among the surgeon. Being a medical student, there are things I can’t imagine my Consultants doing. Hurling cursives words at each other won’t even show up in my wildest dreams. While I understand that Africa is way more conservative than the U.S., I still think it could be avoided, except if that’s what is obtainable among most U.S. doctors (or surgeons).
I’ll give this book 4 out of 4 stars for it's successes in suspense, good editing and ability to hold an audience.
Everyone can read this book. I'll recommend this book to anyone who wants a sneak peek at the private lives of doctors. Among surgeons and their relationships with others, everyone can surely find something relateble.
The Surgeon's Wife
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