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Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America's Cities

Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America's Cities [Kindle Edition]

Peter Rhee , Gordon Dillow

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The incredible life story of the trauma surgeon who helped save Congresswoman Gabby Giffords­—from his upbringing in South Korea and Africa to the gripping dramas he faces in a typical day as a medical genius.

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is a household name: most people remember that awful day in Arizona in 2011 when she was a victim of an act of violence that left six dead and thirteen wounded. What many people don’t know is that it was Dr. Peter Rhee who played a vital role in her survival.

Born in South Korea, Rhee moved with his family to Uganda where he watched his public health surgeon father remove a spear from a man’s belly—and began his lifelong interest in medicine. What came next is this compelling portrait of how one becomes a world class trauma surgeon: the specialized training, the mindset to make critical decisions, and the practiced ability to operate on the human body. Dr. Rhee is so eminent that when President Clinton traveled to China, he was selected to accompany the president as his personal physician. In Trauma Red we learn how Rhee’s experiences were born from the love and sacrifices of determined parents, and of Rhee’s own quest to become as excellent a surgeon as possible.

Trauma Red chronicles the patient cases Dr. Rhee has handled over two decades on two distinct battle fronts: In Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as a frontline US Navy surgeon trying to save young American soldiers, and the urban zones of Los Angeles and Washington, DC, where he has been confronted by an endless stream of bloody victims of civilian violence and accidents. Tough and outspoken, Dr. Rhee isn’t afraid to take on the politics of violence in America and a medical community that too often resists innovation. His story provides an inside look into a fascinating medical world, a place where lives are saved every day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 30788 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (3 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT read for everyone! 12 Jun 2014
By Marco J. Bonta - Published on
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This was simply fascinating in every regard, from page one to the end. Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the book, which made us feel as though we were with Dr. Rhee in his development, in his travels, in his military service, and at present. The book moves chronologically through his career, but is organized in such a way that the reader can't stop at the end of a chapter. Frankly, I'm glad it was a rainy weekend. This is not the typical autobiography in any way. Rather, his candid description of every scenario makes us feel as though we are in his mind, listening to the pros and cons of his decisions, many of which determined whether patients would survive or die. Dr. Rhee is an American hero.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written adrenaline rush. Insider’s view of a top trauma unit. A must read for anyone going to medical or nursing school. 10 Jun 2014
By SashaGirl - Published on
Dr. Peter Rhee is best known as the head of the trauma team at the University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) who saved the life of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords on Jan. 8, 2011. Giffords survived an assassin's bullet that traveled through one side of her brain. Six people were killed and 14 endured non-fatal, but life-changing, injuries during the worst mass murder in the history of Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Rhee built the trauma unit at UAMC, and on Jan. 8, 2011, he knew the team was completely prepared for anything that came through their doors that day because it was just another "day at the office," as he often refers to his job. While outsiders see what looks like total chaos, an incoming trauma enters a well-organized machine, a team where each one knows his or her precise job at that moment. His words better informed me about what goes on in a surgeon’s head and heart. I am, therefore, more trusting of what happens in an Emergency or Operating Room.

While Dr. Rhee is not an author by profession, his voice and no B.S. personality comes through loud and clear in his recollections of his life so far. He spent over 20 years in the US Navy and part of his life growing up in Africa. I truly enjoyed this book -- a fast read because it's more exciting than an action movie -- and recommend it highly to anyone considering a medical career because he demonstrates the type of personality it takes, as well as the perseverance and drive, to work in an ER or OR. If you like true life drama or great non-fiction, this book is for you. I also recommend it to anyone who has ever survived a medical trauma and most especially to the residents of Arizona.

Dr. Rhee does not make overt political statements for or against gun-control. He simply shows us the result of a deliberate gunshot wound and how one act rippled through a congresswoman, a community, and our nation. I would call Dr. Rhee a patriot of the finest kind because he served our country in a foreign war zone and he and his team continue to save lives every day. He does not seek glory or notoriety. He’s just working another “day at the office.”
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST Read for Everyone! 17 Jun 2014
By L. Ballesteros - Published on
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Dr. Rhee became a familiar face around the country and the world after his work during the horrific tragedy on January 8th, 2011 when Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s, her team and local citizens lives were changed forever. He gives an overview of the events that occurred that day and how he and his team did their normal everyday job that day to save lives. He explains the trials and tribulations that he was faced with growing up as a child, moving around the world, to finally ending up here in the US.

He shares how he was influenced to become a Trauma Surgeon and the dedication and sacrifices he is faced with every day just to continue doing what he loves to do. Dr. Rhee along with his entire Trauma Team are truly assets to our Tucson community and it is important that everyone knows that. Dr. Rhee does a good job at defining the importance of having a Level 1 Trauma Center, being that UAMC is the only one in Southern Arizona. Definitely a great book for everyone to read, I enjoyed it and could not put it down!
I highly recommend this book to everyone!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of this important figure in academic medicine 17 Jun 2014
By M. Mino - Published on
Trauma Red is an interesting look into an individual who has been an important figure not only in Arizona, but in academic medicine in the United States. A mentor to both his faculty and residents, Rhee has been been an innovator and educator for all of his career. He is a constant teacher and compassionate physician.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!! 24 Jun 2014
By CDKL275 - Published on
Trauma Red is riveting! I was not expecting to enjoy this book and I loved it!! Dr. Rhee takes you through the twists and turns in the life of a trauma doctor and a war hero. He takes us from his start in Korea, to his youth in Uganda and then onto the US and into the war zone. The stories in this book will make you feel even prouder to be an American!

Through wartime, peacetime and the inner wars of our cities, Dr. Rhee brings stories to life. My brother-in-law was staying at our house, a self-proclaimed “non-reader”. He picked up Trauma Red and then we didn’t see him for a day and a half. He couldn’t put it down. Don’t miss the opportunity to read Dr. Rhee’s amazing story!
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