"Medicine is and will continue to be an absurd field, and hopefully these stories will allow some insight into what doctors have to face every day."

Whether while being on call, performing patient rounds, doing consults, signing out patients, and/or arranging their transport, the author logged the witty and whacky communications he experienced. Mostly, the after-hours calls came from the other equally overworked and a bit inexperienced hospital staff. Medical residents each have their specialties. Patel’s is in the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) field. However, four years of general surgical residency at a hospital means that whenever “on call” a resident might consult at any time about any urgent case. Sleeping and eating are put on the back burner, and after a while, a tired resident doesn’t automatically respond in person to every supposedly urgent call.

The story related to the cover picture and title, "Discontinue Leeches," is given on page 49. Other equally bizarre incidents include “the Van Gogh special," Grandma will burn it to the ground, never say the patient’s name as if you know him (based on Harry Potter), social admission for old people at the VA hospital, and staff digging for a battery in the patient’s ear (didn’t recognize the eardrum).

This nearly 400-page volume—in some ways a grim joke book—records in small print the page and phone conversations experienced by the author while a medical resident. Some stories were previously posted on Facebook. This book follows Patel’s logic and growth in experience, both served with a liberal dose of sarcasm when attempting to deal with the absurd world of medical pages. The chapters are arranged by residency year. The reader won’t be able to keep from chuckling at funny, bizarre, but all true stories.

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