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A Surgeon's Knot

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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled reading this. I initially thought that it was going to be a memoir; that's on me. And usually it wouldn't be a problem, but I didn't enjoy reading this. It fell really flat for me. It read like a medical version of a Danielle Steel book. I usually read those to cleanse my palate because they are repetitive and not very well written. 

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book.
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Jackson Cooper. MD will never forget that first day, its stunning conclusion forever etched in his mind. His year as a surgical intern is a story of medical suspense, tragedy, and occasional terror, as a young physician deals with the world of surgery. Jackson’s life soon becomes burned-out, resulting from events beyond his control as well as destructive behaviour. Physicians, patients, and cases ranging from humorous to tragic are present. A Surgeon’s Knot is a story of the dignity of medicine, the overwhelming duty to man, failure and recovery.

As a nurse, who has worked in Accident and Emergency, the burn out described by the author is real. Everything the author has written in this book, I resonate so well with. The author has written very well, the book contains humour, laugh out loud moments and some very dark moments that are real life and not fiction. 

This is a first for me by the author and one I enjoyed and would read more of their work. Thank you very much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.
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An interesting book, so glad I got to read this book. It shows the pressure that doctors have. 
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this book in exchange for a review.
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Wanting to be a doctor myself and working in healthcare I enjoyed this book at a look at the work one has to put in to the field.  There is a lot of terminology but it didn't detract from the story.  Good read.
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I hope there is only a modicum of reality/history to your tale! The events portrayed are believable but scary. The journey of these doctors are something I can relate to as my life experience has much in common with them until a found a solution.
A good story.
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Whilst this is not my usual book genre, it certainly did not disappoint. Some of the terminology was little confusing, but no more than watching Casualty or Greys Anatomy, it did not deflect or take away from this brilliantly written book.
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Heartfelt and soul-baring, this is an eye-opening look at the life of a first year resident in a major hospital. From pulling long shifts and trying to stay awake, to treating life-threatening illnesses, to drug abuse, all in order to sharpen his healing skills. A good read.
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I struggled with the terminology with this book - although it was explained to us non medical folk, I did find that it was more of a chore to read. 
Gives us a real insight into the life of a doctor and how unrelenting their job is.
Makes you appreciate more what they are going through in this current pandemic.
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Not being a physician, not having any physicians in my family, I am curious, and always ready to 	pick up a "behind the scenes" book about this most worthy profession.  This is Jackson Cooper's diary of the year of being an intern.  Moving from department to department.  Getting to know the "old guard".  Sleep deprived.  Apprehensive.  Constantly taking notes - hoping they will be legible later.  

In and around all of that are the substances that "take the edge off".  Easily obtainable.  Used until the physician understands the problem and takes steps to stop.  Or, in some cases, until he kills someone or dies himself.  

Technical terms are explained, and by the end of the book, I felt that I had a little bit better understanding of this very difficult step on the road to becoming the self-assured doctors that I consult for myself and my family.  

I read this EARC courtesy of Black Rose Writing and NetGalley.   pub date 04/23/20
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Jackson Cooper, MD is in his first year of surgical residency where every moment is accompanied by moments that are life and death.  The cases fly by and he begins to suffer exhaustion accompanied with his addiction to pain medication.  He is handling himself initially, but as the stress and hours pile up his behavior escalates until he becomes a danger to himself and others.  His relationship with Dr. Lee W compounds his problem as the other Dr struggles with addiction as well.  This book is intensely moving and I could not put it down.  The characters are well written and developed.  Thanks for the ARC, Net Galley.
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"A Surgeon's Knot" has a very strong 1980s fan fiction vibe; but oddly enough, that's exactly what makes it a quick and interesting read. 

The story flies by - and while the ending is pure cheese, William Lynes more than accomplishes his goal of presenting a realistic view of the burnt out people of our medical system. 

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book and learn more about the subject of burnout in our medical system.
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This book hooked me from page one and did not let go. Very good story about interns, the stress they deal with, etc. You understand why doctors suffer burnout. The writing flows. Highly recommended. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for the arc of this book in return for my honest review. Receiving the book in this manner had no bearing on this review.
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As a fan of medical memoirs this one really appealed to me, It was well written and gave you a sense of what life is like as a junior Dr trying to work in under staffed and over stretched heath care system and the methods of coping. There is a bit of medical terminology but this is described for non medical people
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An uncompromising look in to the life of a newly qualified doctor, the tough parts of the job, the nicer ones and how it's a job that no matter the position you are constantly learning and revaluating your skills.

William Lynes does a brilliant job using his own experience in the profession to create and accessible and enjoyable read for those who have wondered just what it's like to be a doctor.
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I enjoyed this book. Many of my family members were physicians and it was interesting to me to hear what internship was like. My brothers never talked about those years but it sounded extremely similar to what I surmised they suffered. It was a very realistic book and even though times have changed, I feel anyone planning on going to medical school should read this book!
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Was not what I was expecting. and I love that in a book!!! There's nothing better than a twist and unexpected surprises. I would love to see more from this author
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This book enticed me from the start. I found some of the terminology sometimes hard but the explanations were always in there. This is a book about the struggles of junior doctors in a scary job. Saving lives, losing lives and happiness and heartbreak all in one.
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I would like to thank NetGalley, Black Rose Writing, and author William Lynes for providing me with an ARC of this novel!

As soon as I saw this cover, I was instantly pulled in. I have been a huge fan of anything medical field related my whole reading career. They are so hard to find, so I jumped at the chance! This truly shows the struggles that new doctors face during their early years of training and practicing. This is a sobering and informative read that I will recommend to anyone and everyone!   

Thank you again to those mentioned above for the chance to read and review this ARC!
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This book tells the story of life as newly qualified doctors and the pressures they  face during those early days and years. Nights of no sleep, at the beck and call of seniors, the highs of learning new skills and the downs of death and grieving families takes its toll on these people and for Jackson Cooper, his coping mechanism becomes prescription drugs.
This book portrayed very well how difficult life is for these juniors. The author puts in enough description around medical words and procedures to allow the reader to fully understand the story line but not too much to distract away from the actual bones of a doctor's life.
Working within the nhs, this is a sobering read with characters that are very easy to relate to and the dilemmas they face very real
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I've been excited about this book since I first heard about it, and it did not disappoint. The characters sucked you into the story and the story kept you turning pages as fast as you could. I devoured it in a day. I loved it.
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