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Behind the Mask: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform Them

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A look at the world of surgery through the eyes of Dr.David Gelber, a surgeon with more than twenty years experience. Dr. Gelber gives the reader a glimpse into the mind and thought processes of surgeons; how they evaluate their patients, what happens during and after surgery, along with pitfalls and complications that can develop. Numerous anecdotes and actual cases carry ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Ruffian Press (first published April 4th 2011)
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Ellen Maze
Apr 25, 2011 Ellen Maze rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: medical nonfiction, informative medical field, peek inside a doctor's mind
I love this book!

Dr. Gelber opens up as a surgeon and a human being, allowing us access into that mysterious realm the lay-person avoids like the plague--the doctor's world. Never dry, this book kept me interested all the way. I recognize little memoir moments which gave me a peek into this doctor's particular view of his profession--how to make it better, how to "do no harm"--and at the same time, I learned more than I ever thought I would about surgery and everything attached to this field. I
Behind the Mask was a book I won in the firstreads giveaway program, and I am so glad I won it. Only a Christian surgeon could show the miraculous way that God designed our bodies and the many protections, defense mechanisms, etc. that He built into it simply by discussing his job of being a surgeon and what goes on before, during, and after surgery. I have always been interested in the medical field, and reading this book left me with a much greater knowledge of some of the wonderful secrets of ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this fascinating book about surgeons and surgery. It really appealed to me, since I am a nurse and work in the operating room. Dr. Gelber certainly is respectful of nurses and clearly explains their vital importance in the proper care of patients. The chapter "Don't Think" zeros in on nurses and their role as patient advocate, as well as being the eyes and ears of the doctor.

The book as a whole is well written and easy to read, but definitely not oversimplified. Anyone th
Ralph Hicks
Mar 15, 2011 Ralph Hicks rated it it was amazing
Dr.David Gelber's new book, "Behind the Mask: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform Them" taught me more about what it's like to be a doctor, particularly a surgeon, than "House" or "Grey's Anatomy' ever could. Chapters that cover his thought processes as he evaluates a patient or performs surgery were enlightening. His statement that surgeons need to combine arrogance with humility made me think of my doctors in a new way.
I learned a great deal, but also laughed at some of his de
Mar 25, 2011 Valentina rated it really liked it
Do not be deterred by the cold medical cover or the fear of multisyllabic medical lingo, this book is a little gem and a must read.
It’s amazing how clear the writing is, how concise the phrases are and how interesting it all is. It’s hard to think a book about surgeons could be a page turner, but it truly is. In particular I enjoyed the chapter called The Villain, which deals mainly with post-operative infections and how the doctors have managed throughout the ages to combat them. There are so
Mar 04, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Ever wonder what a surgeon might be thinking when he first sees his patients? How about what goes through his head during surgery, or after surgery? What's it like in the operating room? Is it hard to do surgery? The answers to these and numerous other questions can be found in "Behind the Mask: the Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons who Perform Them". Part memoir, part textbook and part philosophy, this book takes the reader from preoperative considerations to intraoperative events and, final ...more
Victoria Bylin
Aug 17, 2011 Victoria Bylin rated it really liked it
I read this book as research for a writing project of my own. I wanted to get into the mind of a surgeon, and this book gave me all sorts of insights. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It's got a ton of personal touches and the medical info is very accessible. Recommended!
May 16, 2012 Jana rated it liked it
I found this book very interesting. I enjoyed reading from his perspective.
Aug 14, 2012 Angel rated it really liked it
I didn't really know what to expect from this book.

All I can tell you is that I've had many more surgeries than I care to remember (some of them pretty heavy duty - open heart) and I am always looking to educate myself when it comes to taking care of me and my family.

In addition, I worked for a multi-specialty clinic (my position was non-medical) of over 100 physicians/surgeons and you definately get to find out who the really good docs (and nurses) are. It is a benefit of the career choice tha
Scarlett Sims
I would really give this a 2.5 and at first I was leaning more toward 2 stars but the last section kind of redeemed it.

First off I think this is a really interesting topic. I'm sure the author has lots of interesting stories to tell and, as he seems to come from a believing standpoint I'm sure he has insights or perspectives that other surgeons might not have. However, I just didn't find the writing to be as interesting as the subject. It wasn't a difficult or boring read, I just think dammit, J
Apr 28, 2011 Danielle rated it liked it
David Gelber provides a look at surgery before, during, and after and how doctors evaluate and make decisions. He uses specific cases to illustrate his points. It's not the best medical book for laypeople that I've ever read, but for people who enjoy this genre it's worth a read.
Brian Simpson
Jun 29, 2012 Brian Simpson rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and insightful look into the mind of a surgeon, funny, informative and very interesting. It made me want to have Dr. Gelber as my surgeon.
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I was raised in upstate New York, the seventh of nine boys. I started writing a few years ago, picking up where I had left off in college. My primary job is performing surgery, a general surgeon in Houston, TX; writing is a passion, but with the changes in health care may take center stage.
I hope you enjoy my futuristic novels, "Future Hope" and "Joshua and Aaron",both are populated with a colo
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