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Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon

by Dr. Michael J. Collins

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Mike Collins, a demolition concrete worker from the west side of Chicago, takes a fellow crewmember's comment about his future to heart. He's a single, twenty-four year old college graduate who's still living at home. With no money he quits his job and starts a two-year pre-med program at a local college. He applies to eight medical schools and gets accepted to Loyola. I really enjoyed this book but almost gave up on it because of the rough language at the beginning. Don't make that mistake! It's definitely worth finishing! ( )
  Suzieqkc | Sep 16, 2010 |
From a construction to doctor, the most amazing transformation. ( )
  Emberdion | Nov 2, 2009 |
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It looked for a while like Michael Collins would spend his life breaking concrete and throwing rocks for the Vittorio Scalese Construction Company. He liked the work and he liked the pay. But a chance remark by one of his coworkers made him realize that he wanted to involve himself in something bigger, something more meaningful than crushing rocks and drinking beer.

In his acclaimed first memoir, Hot Lights, Cold Steel, Collins wrote passionately about his four-year surgical residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs turns back the clock, taking readers from his days as a construction worker to his entry into medical school, expertly infusing his journey to become a doctor with humanity, compassion and humor. From the first time he delivers a baby to being surrounded by death and pain on a daily basis, Collins compellingly writes about how medicine makes him confront, in a very deep and personal way, the nature of God and suffering—and how delicate life can be.

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Collins turns back the clock, taking readers from his days as a construction worker to his entry into medical school, expertly infusing his journey to become a doctor with humanity, compassion, and humor.

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