Trauma Red – The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America’s Cities by Dr. Peter Rhee with Gordon Dillow
Book Review by Lennon
The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America’s Cities by Dr. Peter Rhee with Gordon Dillow
Ages 15 +
This is the true story of Dr. Peter Rhee, an American Navy trauma surgeon, who served on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also traveled to China with President Bill Clinton as his surgeon in wait, just in case the President ever needed trauma care. He would also later serve a similar role for President Barack Obama, the day when he visited Tucson, Arizona in 2011, where Dr. Rhee was then the Chief of Trauma at the local hospital.
It was on a Saturday, January 8, 2011, when a crazed gunman opened fire in a Tucson shopping center, killing six people and injuring thirteen. One of the victims was US congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, who was shot at point-blank range in the head. Fortunately Dr. Rhee and his medical trauma team were all available as the victims were rushed to their medical facility.
Trauma Red is a fascinating read of how Dr. Peter Rhee, who was born in South Korea and moved to Uganda, became a trauma surgeon in the United States.
Trauma surgeons always seem to be in short supply, simply because they are a ‘Jack of all trades’ and a master of many. Their immense training helps them to be calm in the face of tragedy, mayhem and panic and give many of their patients, who have suffered horrific injuries, a second chance to live.
This book demonstrates that his patients always took preference in the life of Dr. Rhee, who dedicated thousands of hours, and many with little sleep, to serve this country.
I was particularly interested in this book as I am going to pursue a similar career path.
Dr. Rhee himself says he was shy as a young man, but when exposed to medicine and healing, he became an outspoken leader and innovator. Many lessons can be learned by teenagers entering college by reading this book. The dedication and drive that Dr. Rhee naturally shows, is a testament to who he became and how many people he saved. It also reveals what life is like on the battle front and how our brave fighting men and women put their lives on the line every day.
I ordered the Kindle edition it was well worth it. Great book!
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