But the journey, as Youn describes it, is hilarious. His roommates tutor him in matters of love and lust. Get used to it. In a world where physicians can be almost god-like, Dr. My fellow plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, M. Humorous and energetic, the author takes us along with him in medical school on his way to becoming a surgeon.
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Shelves: non-fiction , book-club , memoir The vast majority of this book is awful. It was not. Youn, for most of the book, is just an unlikeable guy. I know this is kind of his coming of age story: he makes mistakes, he learns from them, he grows up. Another reviewer The vast majority of this book is awful.
This is like a shitty Chelsea Handler book if Handler had been a sex-starved Korean male med student. It was not enjoyable. Until the last quarter. As Youn starts doing rotations and stops chasing women, the book is actually interesting. In a story that opens up the world of the med school student, Anthony Youn also delivers the story of his personal journey in ways that are both heartfelt and hilarious.
In Stitches is the story of Youn also known as Tony and how he became a successful plastic surgeon. He is driven by his strict, over-achieving Korean father to become a doctor, and not just any doctor--Tony should become a surgeon. His fathers belittling of other A funny and touching memoir that puts doctors in a new light. Little kids, little dollah! You get the complete story of the difficult journey to becoming a doctor, and you may honestly wonder between laughs how anyone actually finishes.
For all of the female frustration that Tony experiences, he finally does triumph in the ladies department--you may find yourself giving a little fist-pump of joy when he chooses his future wife over another woman. In junior high, his jaw started growing at an alarming rate giving him an expanding underbite and making him into a bigger outcast. This culminates in the breaking and resetting of his jaw after high school graduation, a wildly painful but necessary experience.
It just goes to show that everyone has their own filter on life. Starting with his orientation speakers, med school sounds like a scary place where you will do nothing but work and hope to be able to finish.
After reading about his later experiences in med school, this is not far off. However, the lone consoling joke also comes from the orientation: what do you call the person that finishes last in his med school class? It is a disorienting experience for Tony. He does a series of rotations in different areas of medicine, ostensibly to help the student decide his future direction. Youn deals with everything from a sadistic intern to prison psychos and everything in between.
He swings between humorous tales and genuinely touching stories with ease, and you will find yourself amazed that anyone can survive it all. It also helps puncture a couple of medical stereotypes: one, that doctors are perfect robots that make no mistakes, and two, that there is no humor in medicine. Granted, there seem to be plenty of humorless doctors out there, but Tony also introduces us to the hilarious, damaged and just plain weird doctors he has encountered.
In Stitches also provides a glimpse into the rather insane world of the med student and how they survive the grueling process--the fact that this book is also laugh-out-loud funny is just a great bonus.
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The book has received critical acclaim and an overwhelming positive response from his peers including Dr. Robert Ray Doctor and Dr. Drew Ordon The Doctors. Youn being interviewed on a popular TV show and was instantly interested in reading it. Youn, but would love to be at some time.
All Tony Youn ever wanted was to fit in. One of two Asian American kids in a small midwestern town, he was tall and thin with Coke bottle glasses, Hannibal Lecter headgear, a bowl cut, and a protruding jaw that grew even faster than his comic book collection. He entered a shy, skinny nerd with no nerve, no game, and no clue. He left a doctor.
In Stitches: A Memoir (Paperback)