Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon
Marg tried reading this, but put it down about a quarter of the way through, ab...more
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering a career in veterinary medicine or who is currently in veterinary school and needs their struggles to be put into perspective. Fear not, for those of you who are animal lovers and may not be knowledgeable about medicine, Dr. Trout doe...more
Unlike many works of nonficti...more
The author is a veterinary surgeon who performs expensive procedures on pets, and he does demonstrate the controversy behind this, albeit without an in-depth discussion. For instance, he tells the story of an old man who is willing to spend money he can hardly spare on a complex,...more
The subtitle really says it all: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon.
Trout uses a “day-in-the-life” structure to relay various stories from his experience as a veterinary surgeon in Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts. He tells the reader in the introduction that the stories he relates are composites and examples of the cases he has dealt with.
I was expecting something in the way of James Herriott’s memoirs, but Trou...more
Veterinary medicine has challenges by the boatload...more
To be sure, this book is not without its faults. Dr. Trout's writing style is very tangential in nature which often makes it difficult to figure out...more
Since I am a veterinarian the information about the cases isn't foreign and I understand how telling the story of one case leads into the other stories Dr. Trout tells. Truly, this is what "a day in the life is like." For example, every time you see a GDV you immediately reflect back to all the failures of your previous similar cases and the only revisit the successes after that. You instantly reflect on what you...more
This includes treatment for cancer, hip replacements, and organ transplants. Dr. Trout has taken some of his more unique experiences and formulated them into a day in his life at Angell.
One thing before...more
In my experience most animal owners/lovers/parents who read "animal books" read said books for the personal stories. While this was a personal story, it wasn't like any other I've ever read.
This is far, far, m...more
This book is less of a day in the life of a veterinarian than a collection of anecdotes and memories. Nick Trout chose to write it in this manner in order to cleverly convey the normal he...more
It offers an excellent background on him and things that other vets may deal with on a regular basis. It also helps fill ou...more
Pg 12"63% of US homes have a pet-may be a cat, bird, ferret or guinea pig but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibilitiy, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh and take fu...more
The book is laid out as if all the events occurred in one day. The chapters are marked with timestamps in addition to the topic being covered. Within each chapter is the story of an animal that has come to visit Dr. Nick Trout. He tells many other stories within each chapter, covering his entire life with animals, r...more
There is a lot of comparisons between Tell Me Where It Hurts and All Creatures Great And Small, in fact, the book itself encourages it. Trout does write in a similar style by offering warmth and humor even when thing seem bleak. However, I enjoyed it more when I ceased making the comparison and let it stand on its own merits because All Creatures Great And Small is a really tough act to follow. Putting the book in the “a day in the life of” format was incredibly annoying because it really isn’t....more