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Direct Red by Gabriel Weston
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"Direct Red" is the story of Gabriel Weston. Gabriel is an English surgeon and she gives insight into the life of a surgeon. Although classified as fiction, the stories are true, with the exception of names.

Gabriel gives the reader an unusual look at the daily life of a surgeon. This is unusual in that Gabriel gives us a look at the daily decisions that have to be made prior to an operation and those that have to be made immediately. Not all cases will present a life and death situation, but the surgeon must be prepared for it.

Gabriel tells a story not only from the surgeon's viewpoint, but also gives us a look at how it effects the patient. She is honest enough to tell the reader how she was having trouble in surgery and had to ask for assistance. The assistance did not come and she was left to deal with the problem.

She tells of long hours, not just the "on call" hours, but the more strenuous long hours in surgery. Some surgeries can last over seven hours and the surgeon is given little, if any, relief.

All the cases presented in this book are interesting and some do get a little graphic.

Although this book will of interest to most readers, it will be of most interest to those in the healthcare profession.
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Heather Actually, the author's note says, 'This book is not literally true...events I describe are a mixture of things that have happened and things that might have happened.' So not necessarily true stories!


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