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A behind-the-scenes look at the real lives of surgical residents, from the author of The Medical Science of House, M.D. Do surgeons talk about their sex lives while cutting a heart open? How do surgeons respond to death? How do they react when asked to save the life of an abuser, criminal, or addict? Since its debut, the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy has asked such A behind-the-scenes look at the real lives of surgical residents, from the author of The Medical Science of House, M.D. Do surgeons talk about their sex lives while cutting a heart open? How do surgeons respond to death? How do they react when asked to save the life of an abuser, criminal, or addict? Since its debut, the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy has asked such questions. With an emphasis on the personal lives of the surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians, the show has generated interest in how these professionals survive this rigorous educational program. How much of its drama is entertainment, and how much is accurate? Here, a medical journalist provides answers. He examines a group of new surgical residents in the Pacific Northwest as they tackle long hours, fascinating procedures, and emotional ups and downs that comprise the life of a student of surgery. ...

Title : The Real Grey's Anatomy: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at The Real Lives of Surgical Residents
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ISBN : 9780425232118
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The Real Grey's Anatomy: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at The Real Lives of Surgical Residents Reviews

  • Denise
    2019-01-13 01:47

    3.5 StarsInteresting comparison between the TV show Grey's Anatomy and real life events in a hospital in the Pacific Northwest. My biggest issue - there was no conclusion -it just ended abruptly.

  • Jamie Mealey
    2018-12-25 22:47

    My experience reading this book was overall pretty good. Majority of the book is composed of scenes from the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and then an analysis of what is realistic to happen in an actual hospital versus what is completely fiction and only happens in the show for entertainment purposes. The one thing I didn't necessarily like was the repetitiveness. If you have seen the show, lot’s of this book will be review for you because it describes the scenes in great detail. It would have been more intriguing if i had either never seen the show or had not seen it recently. The book also had a lot of interviews with real life doctors who discussed questions like “What is the biggest difference between what you thought it would be like and the reality?” and then the doctors would continue on to describe their very different answers. What I loved about this book was that it wasn't just one persons view on the topic, it brought in many different doctors so you get to see what it’s like from tons of different view points and experiences, everyones story is unique and just as interesting as the next. One of the things I took away from the book was that you don’t always know what you’ll be doing in the future and there are certain points in our lives where we have make those decisions. When each doctor was asked about why he or she chose to do what they do, everyone had a different answer. Dr. Nick Tadros says he chose a job in surgery because, “instead of treating something with drugs for years, you can just cut it out” (Holtz 164). We all have our own paths to adulthood and they come to be because of the decisions we make as we grow older. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in having a future in medicine. The book isn't for any specialty, its quite vague in that sense, so it’s a good read for a wide variety of people. I would also recommend this book to people who are huge fans of Grey’s Anatomy. As mentioned previously, this book does an amazing job of taking real scenes from the show and analyzing them. The reason I chose this book was because I love the TV show AND everything about medicine, but you don't necessarily have to love medicine to like this book either.

  • Adam Broman
    2019-01-07 01:28

    Does a decent job of explaining the lives of real residents, but it seems like the whole Greys link was thrown in just to sell books to fans of the show and the book just has pointless connections to the show.

  • Kristin
    2019-01-05 00:26

    I thought this book was an interesting way to compare the events depicted on the TV show 'Grey's Anatomy' with real life, and I liked the author's approach of limiting the discussion to surgical residents, as they are the main characters on the TV show, with attendings and others on the hospital staff playing supporting roles as on TV.Holtz's book was written fairly recently, so he had a number of seasons of the show to select specific cases from then find similar instances in the time he spent at Oregon's OSHU hospital shadowing the residents. Certain residents appear in the book more frequently than others, which I found understandable, as residents rotate through specialties frequently, so if he's looking to learn about the vascular medicine service, and stays there a few weeks with a resident, it's very possible that when he moves on to the liver transplant service, the same resident may have also rotated there, but the resident now on vascular has missed his or her chance to be featured in the book. (Just an example, I don't recall if that specific occurrence happened.)Holtz was able to include many different types of medicine in his book, as well as much of the non-patient-interaction side of being a resident, such as attending conferences, learning how progress from paper charting to electronic charting, and practicing surgical techniques in a skills lab before being expected to do the surgery on a real patient. One common thread running throughout the chapters was the change at OHSU to a shorted working week for the residents and that while it limited burnout and inattentiveness by residents who had been working for 48 solid hours, the residents found it harder to find a sense of completeness in each rotation, like they didn't have enough time to learn all they needed to before moving on to something new.Also, Holtz points out the places where the TV show takes dramatic license. While the stars of 'Grey's' seem to be able to find time to fall in love with, sleep with, and likely break up with most of their fellow staff memebers, the OHSU residents often used their free time to sleep or continue to think about work. A late chapter in the book looked at the 'Grey's' episode where all of the surgical residents are dispatched to triage a disaster scene, but in reality, there are trained medics and firefighters to do that, and the real need for the surgical residents is to either prepare for the incoming traumas or care for the patients already at the hospital.So overall, it was a good book, and I liked his approach with using the TV show to provide a framework for the book, though I'd have liked it just as much had he skipped the TV show portion and added more actual cases.

  • Eliza
    2019-01-04 20:25

    Stupid. Not nearly as interesting as the tv show. I shouldn't have read this- it ruins my image of surgical interns. They DON'T have sex during their shift?!? Lame!

  • Taylor Layne
    2018-12-29 00:44

    Do you love the series Grey’s Anatomy? Well if so, you’ll take interest in this book as soon as you lay eyes on it. This book will allow all readers to learn about the reflections of that intense reality that are seen in the flickering images of the immensely popular TV series. “The Real Grey’s Anatomy” is a non fiction book by Andrew Holtz. His writing is based off the study and real lives of surgeons and interns.Mr. Holtz followed around real doctors at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for several months to provide readers the background for actual scoop on what life is like as a real life surgeon-in-waiting as opposed to their TV equivalent. The main character is Dr. Nick. He is portrayed as a family man who is very devoted to his job. He cares about each patient he comes across and does everything in his power to make sure all his patients survive his surgeries. A main conflict that Dr. Nick had to face was having time to spend with his family. Being that he is a surgeon, he spends 50 to 80 hours a week at work. Some days he isn’t able to make it home and is lucky if he can get home for dinner on time. His wife isn’t very understanding of his job and can’t relate due to the fact that she isn’t a surgeon. She later learns to accept that her husband is a very busy man and that he just tries to provide for his family. Dr. Nick tries every now and then to make effort to spend a little time with his wife and kids to make them all happy. In this book, scenes from Grey’s Anatomy were covered throughout the text, acting as a backdrop to the information that Holtz imparts. Some of the scenes dramatically show where TV gets it wrong for the sake of entertainment, and other scenes reflect things taking place in real hospitals. Holtz’s book contains lots of information. Each chapter ends with a list of additional reading-articles that expound on the information already laid out in the preceding chapter. Although the book was very good in my opinion, the transition between the description of the Grey's Anatomy scenes and the real life scenario were not done very well.

  • Kate
    2019-01-09 19:45

    "Find out what makes surgical residents tick ..."Do surgeons talk about their sex lives while cutting open a heart?How much time do surgical interns actually spend in the OR?Do surgeons respond to death as objective doctors or as compassionate people?How do they react when asked to save the life of an abuser, a criminal, or an addict?"Since its debut, the ABC medicaldrama Grey's Anatomy has raised compelling questions like these. With an emphasis on the personal lives of the surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians, the show has generated a flurry of interest in how these medical professionals really make it through one of the most rigorous educational programs around."Howmuch of the medical drama seend in Grey's Anatomy is pure entertainment, and howmuch is an accurate reflection of life both in and out of the OR? Here, a well-known medical journalist provides some answers. He examines a group of new surgical residents at a major teaching hospital in the Pacific Northwest as they tackle the roller-coaster ride of long hours, fascinating procedures, mundane office tasks, and emotional ups and downs that comprise the life of a student of surgery."~~back coverI really enjoyed the first couple of seasons of Grey's Anatomy -- until, like Downton Abbey it devolved into almost pure soap opera, with the characters changing on an almost weekly basis without any apparent reason for doing so. So I was looking forward to the book.And I did enjoy it. The author compares the imaginary world of surgical residency with the make believe world portrayed in the series. Interesting look at the differences, and the similarities. The book does address some of the moral issues surgeons (and doctors in general) face -- the issues where there's no black or white but only shades of grey.

  • Samantha
    2018-12-30 21:20

    The Real Grey's Anatomy was often interesting. I love getting a sense of the realities of professions that are dramatized and glamorized by Hollywood, and I particularly enjoyed the parts of the book in which the author completely debunked how some events are handled at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. I do feel that some parts of the book were very disjointed. The author would start an anecdote and then completely change the subject. For example: "Another trauma case arrives soon after . . . The man has a steak knife in his eye. A trauma nurse remarks that it is the fourth seriously damaged eye they've dealt with tonight." That's it. Perhaps it's beyond the scope of this book to go into the particulars of individual cases, but I want to know what happened to the guy with a knife in his eye! On the whole though, this is a pretty quick and enjoyable read, and it can give you a little bit of appreciation for the difficulties faced by the people who take care of us when no one else can.

  • Tina
    2019-01-04 23:31

    This book is for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of surgical interns. Grey's Anatomy fans will like the many references to the show that are peppered throughout the book. The book's comparison between the show and real-life will really raise your eyebrows. Find out how surgical interns and residents balance work with relationships during their hospital residency.My NotesThough I am not a dedicated Grey's watcher, this book had even me hooked with all of its facts (and the real challenges that surgeons have to go through in order to gain their full license). I am looking forward to finding Holtz's book on the science behind the early episodes of House, M.D.

  • Danielle
    2018-12-21 23:40

    I was hoping to get some additional insight/perspective on life in the hospital for a surgeon, but I didn't learn anything new. The book focuses mostly on interns and compares what interns in episodes of the T.V. show "Grey's Anatomy" experience to what real surgery interns experience. Some of the chapters were repetitive and a little dry. I think it would be good for kids in high school that are interested in pursuing surgery.The fun part about the reading the book was that we know one of the residents that was featured throughout the book. That was exciting and kept me reading to the end. He did a great job!

  • Bonnie
    2019-01-06 19:26

    Luckily, I bought this book off a discount table. Otherwise, it probably wouldn't have been worth it. I enjoyed the tie-ins to one of my favorite TV shows and I dogeared some pages and highlighted some passages (for future fanfic writing reference) but the book overall was very choppy. I liked the insight into how surgical residents really live and work, but the chapters were very disjointed and occasionally super short paragraphs of one or two sentences, completely out of the blue, would be thrown in because they had some vague connection to the chapter at hand. And there was no "ending", either. It barely felt like a chapter ending, much less the end of the book.

  • NaNa
    2019-01-06 23:27

    This book is what got my interest in Medical thrillers, crimes, and fiction. I love the show Grey's Anatomy and Andrew Holtz did a brilliant job on telling the real events with the fiction events. As much I appreciate our doctors and nurses that work so hard to save life's, this book tells the stories of what I think could be the real deal about what really goes on in the ER. Andew Holtz also tells how the intern go through rigorous educational program and still try to have a personal life. I would recommend this book to people who love Grey's Anatomy the show and also to people who are interested on become doctors. It's educational, funny, and entertaining.

  • Katherine (
    2019-01-10 21:30

    Well written and filled with great stuff, but I will admit that I was interested in this book for the comparisons to Greys Anatomy, which were overall repetitive and seemed like they were thrown in there to become the selling point of this book. Otherwise, there is a lot of cool information about being a surgical resident that I wouldn't have known if I hadn't read this book. If Greys Anatomy were in it more, since it is in the book's title, I would have given it a better rating.

  • Amber Nesbitt
    2019-01-13 00:33

    I've watched the show Grey's Anatomy a long time and this book gives me a new perspective. I thought it was a good read, covered a lot of past seasons episodes, talking about medicine, emergencies, building failures, plane crashes and more. It deals with a lot. If you like the show I would recommend reading it. Helps you to see we're the truth is in the show and where it isn't.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-24 17:25

    This book took me almost a year to get through. I found many parts of it very dry. Though I have never watched Grey's Anatomy on TV, I interact on a daily basis with surgical interns/residents and treat their patients as part of my job. I was hoping this book would give me more insight on their role and struggles but it didn't tell me much more than I already knew.

  • Janet
    2019-01-17 22:27

    As an ICU nurse, I wonder what the surgical residents' lives are like in the hospital. And, I've watched Grey's Anatomy. I didn't think the author utilized/wove examples from Grey's as well as he could, but the real life stories of the residents were entertaining and informative. They parallel those of nurses

  • K (Karen)
    2019-01-04 23:27

    A good comparison between what we see on TV and what happens in real-life. I would have given it four stars except that the author reused some material throughout the book and a good edit would have prevented that from happening. It was confusing in those parts.

  • Megan Garrett
    2019-01-05 20:18

    Pretty good book. I think it should have focused more on the lives of the residents rather than vague case descriptions of the patients. I can think of a lot of ways to improve and expand this book, but I still enjoyed it for what it was.

  • Amanda Birdwell
    2019-01-08 20:35

    I enjoyed that this book kind of highlighted how incredibly stupid Grey's Anatomy is, while also indulging those of us with a shameful obsession with the show. It also gave a much clearer, less reverential picture of what surgical residents are like.

  • Zoey
    2018-12-31 17:39

    I am a huge fan of the tv show, Grey's Anatomy and I loved this book. It provides readers with a lot of information about real surgical residents. Also, this book is good for teens who have no idea what they're doing with their lives, such as I.

  • Valerie
    2018-12-24 23:29

    The book was interesting, but it just felt like it could have been better.

  • Carlisdania Mendoza
    2018-12-31 00:22

    I liked it

  • Melissa
    2019-01-08 22:28

    A tad dry but enlightened me on many of the liberties that Shonda Rimes and the other GA writers take for the show.

  • Alina hagan
    2018-12-28 20:40

    My brain is drawing a blank on what to say in this review so no witty review filled with gramatical and spelling mistakes for this book. Just a five star rating because i really enjoyied this book.

  • Marty
    2019-01-15 22:37

    this book compares scenes from the show to what really happens in similar real life situations by observation and interviews at an Oregon hospital.

  • Kate Elizabeth
    2019-01-19 00:24

    This was fine.

  • Abraham Ray
    2019-01-14 17:45

    weird read!

  • Trisha DeBoer
    2019-01-02 01:31

    I really liked this book. I love Grey's Anatomy. I love books that tell me how people live. I love learning about medicine. This book has all three. Very interesting.

  • Angela
    2018-12-25 22:30

    Dorky, but I did enjoy that all the real-life encounters took place at OHSU. I, however, already knew that Grey's Anatomy is far removed from reality.

  • Allison Park
    2019-01-05 00:19