Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery

Small Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery Winner of the The Writer s League of Texas Discovery Prize nonfiction As a pediatric surgeon Catherine Musemeche operates on the smallest of human beings manipulates organs the size of walnuts and

  • Title: Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery
  • Author: Catherine Musemeche
  • ISBN: 9781611684421
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of the The Writer s League of Texas Discovery Prize, nonfiction As a pediatric surgeon, Catherine Musemeche operates on the smallest of human beings, manipulates organs the size of walnuts, and uses sutures as thin as hairs to resolve matters of life or death Working in the small space of a premature infant s chest or abdomen allows no margin for error It is a worWinner of the The Writer s League of Texas Discovery Prize, nonfiction As a pediatric surgeon, Catherine Musemeche operates on the smallest of human beings, manipulates organs the size of walnuts, and uses sutures as thin as hairs to resolve matters of life or death Working in the small space of a premature infant s chest or abdomen allows no margin for error It is a world rife with emotion and risk Small takes readers inside this rarefied world of pediatric medicine, where children and newborns undergo surgery to resolve congenital defects or correct the damages caused by accidents and disease It is an incredibly high stakes endeavor, nerve wracking and fascinating Small Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery is a gripping story about a still little known frontier In writing about patients and their families, Musemeche recounts the history of the developing field of pediatric surgery so like adult medicine in many ways, but at the same time utterly different This is a field guide to the state of the art and science of operating on the smallest human beings, the hurts and maladies that afflict them, and the changing nature of medicine in America today, told by an exceptionally gifted surgeon and writer.

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    1. SMALL is a book that delves into part of the reason why most of us no longer personally know what it feels like to bury a child.I picked up SMALL because I am a certified hospice and palliative care nurse (CHPN) and I have sometimes held and comforted a dying baby. Holding a child who will soon be leaving this world marks your soul in a way that is hard to explain. I read SMALL because I wanted to know more about how to handle the searing, poignant pressure that comes from walking through the Va [...]

    2. SMALL is a riveting, poignant and fascinating account of what it is like to be a pediatric surgeon. The reader is witness to pivotal moments in the development of a relatively new specialty, and to some degree is able to tag along, in an intimate and voyeuristic association with the narrator, as she grows from a highly resourceful med student to a gifted pediatric surgeon.Interspersed among glimpses of the author’s own professional development are captivating stories of notable pediatric surge [...]

    3. There is no such thing as a routine operation in a baby.Dr. Catherine Musemeche is a pediatric surgeon who has been in practice for nearly a quarter of a century after the completion of her rigorous training, and she effectively combines her professional experiences, personal interests, and excellent writing skills in this superb book. In it she discusses the history and heroes of pediatric surgery, the challenges that she and other surgeons face in operating on tiny critically ill infants, curr [...]

    4. Fetal surgery is fascinating and unimaginable. I understand why no names could be used but using letters instead of pseudonyms (such as "Baby K"), as well as focusing strictly on the operating room with no backstory, made it a little more detached for me. That's probably a good thing, as I would've been a weepy mess if I had been any more invested; I definitely hugged my kids a little closer when reading.By far, one of the most interesting chapters to me was when she talked about the differences [...]

    5. Not specifically TBI.Dr. Musemeche takes the reader, as though she were walking with you, her white coat and stethoscope swinging, behind the "authorized personnel only" automatic double doors and along the path of significant historical discoveries and events impacting the surgery of children. The title is not too filled with medical jargon and is a compelling read.This might be too intense for parents with vulnerable children, but the historical perspective may give enough distance so one can [...]

    6. From the perspective a a lay person who has long been fascinated by all things medical, this was an absolutely fascinating read. I have taken for granted the notion of the existence of such a thing as a pediatric surgeon, yet had no idea that it is a relatively recent development, in fact, still coming into it's own. The book presents case studies which in and of themselves are amazing, but the cases serve as the platform to the truly engrossing brief history of pediatric surgery, the difference [...]

    7. I thoroughly enjoyed Small. Musemeche does a fabulous job introducing the reader to the world of pediatric surgery and all the complications of working on a child, who contrary to popular belief, is not a miniature adult. My favorite part was reading about all the advances in biomedical engineering over the years - Musemeche is great at providing a history of medical devices - the various case studies of children, and the discussion of public health and prevention. My one quibble with this book [...]

    8. Small takes the reader behind the "authorized personnel only" automatic double doors and along the path of significant historical discoveries and events in a readable (that is, not too filled with medical jargon) and compelling fashion. This might be too intense for parents with vulnerable children, but it gives the view from the "other side" of those caring for our babies (not matter how big / old). If you have suffered through a serious illness with your child, this book will resonate. If you [...]

    9. A very engaging read on the past 60 years of pediatric surgery as told to us by Dr. Catherine Musemeche, a pediatric surgeon. She her own cases and those of others in the field to take us on the journey. Her work is full of hope, heartbreak, and the science of pediatric surgery both past and present. Dr Musemeche also provides us a look at what the future might hold and closes her book acknowledging the inspiration that the children provide, and the limitless power of love and courage parents sh [...]

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