I love a good medical memoir, and The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, by Matt McCarthy is an excellent read in this genre.
In this book, McCarthy relates experiences from his first year as a resident at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. From the cardiac critical care unit to the primary care clinic, McCarthy begins to learn not only the technical aspects of practicing medicine but also how to compassionately and effectively connect with his complex patients, always balancing becoming over-involved with being involved enough.
McCarthy writes with warmth, realism, and insight that drew me right into his experiences. His intense dedication to becoming an excellent doctor is engaging, and his anecdotes are interesting, particularly for medically-minded readers.
The ending is deeply satisfying, wrapping up a patient's story that has been ongoing throughout the book. This is one of those books where the final events made me glad, but I was sad to reach the end of the story.
I definitely recommend The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly to memoir lovers, especially those for whom medicine is a way of life.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.